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11/17/22

Our Cherished Ones

By D.J. Vance, Tourism Chair

Who are they? They are our senior citizens. They are someone’s family member. What if it is one of your family members who is in a nursing home or long term health care facility? How often are they visited by anybody? We at the Chamber of Commerce have chosen to adopt these wonderful senior citizens all year long. We have scheduled visits on major holidays throughout the year. We will visit them regularly and let them know that we care. We want to hear their stories just to see that sparkle in their eyes and the smiles on their faces.

This year, for Christmas, the Springerville Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce has adopted our senior citizens at Villa Escudilla Apartments and Beehive Homes. We are asking our Round Valley residents to donate to our local senior citizens. You can drop off your donated items to the Chamber of Commerce in Springerville. We are looking for items such as socks with rubber dots on them, gloves, beanies, brushes & combs, lotion, toothpaste & toothbrushes, shampoo & conditioner and chocolates of course. We have a donation box of gift items at the Chamber ready to go. It's almost filled up by the Chamber staff but still has room for community contributions. We thank you for your donation to "Our Cherished Ones."

 

11/15/2022

2022 BEST OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINS

The White Mountain Independents 2022 Best of The White Mountains list came out in the November 4th Edition. We were proud to see many of our members and former members on that list. Former member, Trailriders Restaurant, topped the list in Best Business category and the Best Restaurant category. One of our good friends and chamber helper Wes McBride, was named the Best Videographer. The Best RV Park is located right across the street from our favorite casino, Hon-Dah. One of our largest business clients, Summit Healthcare, was named Best Hospital and Medical Care. White Mountain Regional Medical Center, located right here in downtown Springerville, was named Best Medical Laboratory.  Located in Show Low, but doing business throughout the White Mountains, is Sutton Weed and Pest Control, who are now the Best Pest Control Company on the mountain. One of our longest continuous members, Sierra Propane, was named Best Propane Service Company. Finally, one of the most beautiful scenic sites in Arizona was named the Best Wedding Venue, and they are The X Diamond Ranch.

Our hats go off to all the winners, but we are the proudest of our members. Let’s get some more of our businesses on next year’s list.

11/03/22

Welcome to Alpine!

Installation of the new "Welcome to Alpine" sign is complete. A huge round of thanks goes to Alliance Board Member, Dan Hansing who has spearheaded this project for the past two years and to all the Committee Members, Board Members, and Volunteers who assisted.

This striking Welcome monument is an accomplishment to be proud of for a small community organization without a city treasury or County funding. The project received tremendous support from the community through fundraising efforts such as the 2021 Spaghetti Dinner, individual gifts, contributions from the Alliance Main Street / Park Committee, and all the metal work contributed by OPEN LOOP ENERGY in Safford. In the words of Alliance Board Member, Leroy Goats, "This is a great way to welcome citizens and visitors to the Alpine Area. It is a beautiful and enduring addition to the scenic place we call home."

10/6/22

HALLOWEEN IN ROUND VALLEY

Ghosts and Goblins, Monsters, and Witches and more, await the brave at heart in Round Valley and a little beyond. Here is a list of all the exciting and scary events going on this month.

The Town of Eagar will be hosting a Trunk or Treat at Ramsey Park on Saturday, October 29th from 4pm-7pm. There will be a Costume Contest, a Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Cookie Decorating Contest, Hot Dogs, and Hot Cocoa and More!

The Town of Springerville’s Safe Treats Halloween will also be held on October 29th, from 4pm-7pm along Main St. Look for the orange safe treats signs in shop windows for your safe treats.

The Chamber of Commerce will have its rescheduled Buy Local Event and Community Ice Cream Social this Saturday, October 8th.  For every local purchase receipt brought into the chamber office that day between 10am and 3pm, the chamber will issue one raffle ticket for every $10 spent. Raffle prizes will be drawn at the Buy Local Community Ice Cream Social and Party at Ramsey Park from 6pm-9pm. There will be music, dancing, cupcake walks and more.

Lyman Lake State Park will be hosting a Haunted House and Carnival on these dates! October 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. Times will be from 6pm-8pm. $10 per carload.

R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch will scare the pants off you at their Haunted House, starting Thursday – Saturday, October 20th-22nd, from 7pm- 10pm, also Thursday- Saturday, October 27th- 29th, from 7pm-10pm. Admission is $10 per person. On Thursday 10/20, admission will be $5 per person with 1 can of food.  Also on October 22nd, they will have their 5th Annual Halloween Round up, from 11am-3pm. $10 per person at the door. There will be a bounce house, face painting, games and more.

The Honey Shack will be having a Harvest Carnival, Friday and Saturday, October 28th-29th from 9am- 3pm.

9/16/22

2022 11th Annual Rib Throwdown Was A Huge Success!

The 11th Annual Rib Throwdown began on Sept 1 at 6pm with Tri Tip or Pulled pork dinner with two sides for $12 and music of Taj-lyn. Friday, Sept 2, was the appetizer/dessert event for $10 a person, starting at 6pm. The teams and the public were encouraged to enter with 200 bite size portions and compete for the cash prizes.

Saturday was the BIG DAY!! The Cornhole tournament started at 8am with a $10 entry fee. The public was invited to sample ribs from the teams competing for $2 a rib bone starting at noon while DJ Dionna Finley played the tunes the whole afternoon.

1pm was the fireball competition, where any drink/dessert/other with fireball as an ingredient was entered for cash prizes. At 2pm the Kids Q divided into 2 age groups 12 years to 17 years and 11 years and under competed for cash prizes.

At 4pm was the Huge Raffle Drawing of over 150 items. Tickets were 1 for $1, 6 for $5, and fingertip to fingertip for $20. We had a new raffle this year for a Grill package. $20 a card from a standard card deck, so only 52 could be sold. We also held our 50/50 raffle for $5 a ticket and half the money of the 50/50 pot was the prize!!

When Pat Gilfoil and his wife Margaret from Tallulah, Louisiana heard from Round Valley relatives Dave and Barry and Debbie Williams that Better World Bar Be Que was hosting and organizing the 11th Annual Springerville Rib Throwdown, they decided they couldn’t miss it again. They gathered up their daughter Maryanne Gilfoil and granddaughter Emily Ginn, loaded up their new camper and the recently retired Pat and family headed west.  They seemed to be very satisfied with the first nights offering of pulled pork and tri-tip dinners and were planning to sample all the goodies the weekend had to offer. After the Rib Throwdown is over, they will be heading to Santa Fe and Albuquerque N.M. with a few stops in Texas to visit friends and relatives. Pat’s wife Margaret first visited Round Valley when she was 5 years old, and their daughter Maryanne has a love for the area and would love to live here someday. Happy travels to them and hope to see you again next year.

We had a hugely successful turnout for these delicious ribs and other yummies, along with good old family fun. The best news of all is that all funds raised helped our local Charities.

And the Rib Winners Are!                                                  

Grand Champion- Roughstock BBQ                                                            Reserve  Grand Champion- Schwabs BBQ
Third Place- Smoke on the Water BBQ

Winnie and George Reimann Spirit Award- Dan Wolters and Family!

9/1/22

11th ANNUAL SPRINGERVILLE RIB THROWDOWN

This is our favorite time of year. Not because the weather is beautiful, everything is green, or that the fish are biting. It’s because it’s time for the 11th Annual Springerville Rib Throwdown. We haven’t missed a year since it started, and our mouths are already watering just thinking about it.

 This year’s 3-day event is brought to by Better World Barbeque, LLC, with Barbeque Championship Series and AZ Barbeque pitching in. The event will start on Thursday, September 1st, in the Springerville Town Park, located behind the Heritage Center, Police Department and Town Hall. Thursday evening festivities begin in the park at 6pm with a Tri – Tip or Pulled Pork Dinner for $12 per plate. The public is invited, and it will be first come, first served, so come early. On Friday night, same place, same time, there will be an Appetizer Contest and you the public are invited to enter. Just bring a minimum of 200 small portions for judging. Cash prizes will be awarded. Tasting begins at 6:15pm, there is a minimum donation of $10 to participate in this dining experience.

So, by now you are drooling after waiting two days to get to the ribs and you’re yelling at your spouse to hurry up because the ribs go on sale at noon, and you want to be there before they’re all gone. Don’t forget to bring your bib. You may need one. Rib tickets are $2 each for a unique assortment of flavorful smoked treats. The tasting doesn’t stop there, at 1pm there is a Fireball Dish turn in for dishes made with Fireball as an ingredient. At 2pm the “Kids Q” turn in begins and you can meet your future “Q Masters”.

Contest awards and raffle prize drawings begin at 4pm. There are many great raffle prizes to win, and you do not need to be present to win. A fifty/fifty raffle will also be available. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Corporal Joe McCarthy Foundation, Local First Responders, the Legacy Scholarship Fund, Inc. and the Apache County Trail Riders, Inc. There is still time to grow a beard and put together a loin cloth for that true cave man experience. Ladies, use your imagination. For more information check out the 2022 Springerville Rib Throwdown on Facebook or www.betterworldbarbeque.org.

8/10/22
It all started in 1956 when Chuck Davis married his sweetheart, Clarice. For the first decade of their marriage Chuck worked for the California Water Company that handled Redondo and Huntington Beach, he was proficient in all the areas needed to get water delivered to their customers. It was during those years that they had three children. Now their family consists of 2 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

In 1969, Chuck and Clarice decided to start their own drive thru dairy business in Fountain Valley, California. It was there that their daughter, Deanna said “It was where I learned to count change while standing on a milk crate.” They decided in 1981 to sell the dairy and retired for a couple of years, then moved back to Huntington Beach where Chuck worked for a friend at an Ace Hardware there. When 1991 rolled around the entrepreneurial desire came back and they moved the family to Flagstaff, Arizona to start their own True Value Hardware store. “When our landlord raised our lease 365%, we decided to look elsewhere.” Chuck noted. Round Valley seemed just right. On July 23rd, 2022, they celebrated their 30th year in the hardware business. Chuck and Clarice retired a few years back for good and left the everyday business to their daughter Deanna.

Deanna graduated from college in Anchorage, Alaska where she played on the Women’s Basketball team. For the next 12 years she resided in Prescott where she was a teacher and coach for the Prescott High School women’s basketball team and started the women’s softball team.

The Davis Hardware team has been an active chamber member since arriving here. Deanna has held the positions of Board Member, President Elect, President and Immediate Past President. She was also on the Eager Planning and Zoning Commission for three years.

Their 30-year Anniversary Celebration was held on Friday, July 22nd and Saturday the 23rd. There was quite a crowd for the ribbon cutting. They gave away 200 Ace Hardware buckets to customers to fill with merchandise for a 20% discount. Raffle tickets were available on Friday for a battery-operated EGO Trimmer and on Saturday they raffled off a Weber Propane Bar-B-Q Grill. Benjamin Moore Paint provided a $100 Gift Card. Mike Nuttall’s Better World Bar-B-Q provided lunch with help from Danielle Hommel and Arizona B-B-Q’s Michael Reimann.  As usual, the food was delicious.

All in all, it was a great day for the Davis Family. Thirty years in Arizona and 20 years in Springerville. A great business, a great family, and great citizens. We couldn’t ask for anything more.

reprinted from White Mountain Independent

8/2/22

HONEY SHACK GRAND REOPENING

Business success stories are the easiest to write because there usually so much going on. One of Springerville’s best success stories is the Honey Shack located at 20 W. Main St. The Honey Shack is a retail market and consignment gift shop. They opened their doors on July 15, 2019 and held there Grand Reopening 3 years later to the day.

Jennifer and Greg Moter started their honey business in New Mexico on their family farm. After outgrowing that location, they moved to Springerville to open their store. Why you ask, did they wait so long to have a Grand Reopening? Well, how about COVID 19. Also, all the legal ramifications and the rapid growth of the business. Jennifer stated, “When we started, we had 12 consignment clients and now we are up to 80.” Their small building is packed with clothing, locally made crafts of all kinds, food and of course honey and all the products related to honey. The selection seems endless. The business plan they wrote forecast the Honey Shack to be a woman owned business when it was feasible. It just so happened that they became a woman owned business on April 1st of this year. Put this all together and you have a perfect reason to have a reopening on their anniversary date. When asked why they became a woman owned business, Jennifer said, “Other woman owned businesses prefer working with like minded women and it is easier to obtain grants and loans.”

Most business plans will state where they are in the beginning and where they want to be down the road. They of course planned to grow. They are selling their honey now in Alpine, Quemado, Pie Town, Greer and the X Diamond Ranch. Recently they added a commercial grade and inspected kitchen for members of the community to use when needed. They are working on getting locally grown fresh produce, just purchased a custom rolled ice cream operation, a food dehydrator and a cotton candy machine and are selling the cotton candy on premises and at the Eagar Short Stop. Future fall plans are for cooking and canning classes.

Between now and the end of September they will be hosting a no fee open market in the parking lot, where you can set up and sell anything you want with no restrictions. (Legal stuff, of course).  You can contact Jennifer at 928-245-8926 for more information on anything mentioned. They are also on Facebook under Honey Shack and their email address is honeyshack@protonmail.com. Stop by and say hello. You probably won’t go home empty handed.

7/27/22

TWENTY-ONE NEW MEMBER BUSINESSES IN SEVEN MONTHS

During the last 7 months, twenty-one new or existing businesses have joined the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce. We are very proud of that number. To us it means that our towns are growing and prospering, and business owners are realizing the importance of community involvement. We hope to double that number before the end of the year. The chamber is constantly looking for ways to increase our value to our members. This year we are offering opportunities for members to meet with state, county and local politicians to discuss the economic state and forecasts and plans for the future of our area and the state.

Here is a list of the new members and what they offer:

Celtic Raven Leather- Miles Hurley produces some of the finest leatherwork around.  From headbands to holsters, all work is custom made to your specifications. Reach him at 928-245-4733.

Pat’s Treasure Box- You can see some of Pat Mangum’s custom bracelets, necklaces, earrings and keychains right here at the chamber and probably a few other places around town. You won’t believe her prices.

Busy B Ranch- They are located north of St. Johns in the middle of nowhere. Bonnie Edwards makes the best smelling soy candles ever. The scents are too numerous to list. Come into the chamber and take a sniff or two.

Mann Mortgage- Sheryl Graver lives in Nutrioso but covers the whole state. She can take you through the loan process from start to finish and find you the best rates, products and services. Call her at 928-322-6118 for more info.

Udderly Country- Barbara Latimer makes some of the best fudge and caramel candies you can imagine. You can buy them here when they are in stock. MMMMM!

Terrapin Investments- They are working with the state DOT and Apache County to open a cannabis dispensary near Vernon.

White Mountain Tees- White Mountain Tees is located at 919 S. Main St. in Snowflake. They joined the chamber to expand their reach on the mountain. They do fantastic work, and you can see samples at www.whitemountaintees.com.

Apache County Health Services- Offering Clinical Services, Environmental Services, Health Programs and vital Records. The Round Valley Clinic can be reached at 928-333-2415 for more info.

Farm Bureau Financial Services- They offer: Auto, Life, Home, Property, and Commercial Insurance, as well as Investment Programs and Annuities. 928-333-0111

Ballejos Pumping and Septic Service- Septic installations, inspections and pump outs. Call 928-245-1499 for info.

Kokopelli Gifts- Only at the Chamber, Jewelry and Kachina’s.

One Hot Mess- A mobile food trailer offering some of the best Mexican Food on the mountain.

West USA Realty- Mother and son Realty team, Brandee and Skye Snyder have opened a branch office in Round Valley. They will be listing and selling lots, acreage, homes, commercial properties and eventually property management. 928-551-3961

Blissfully Traveled Boutique- Trish Samsal knows clothes and fashion accessories. You really should stop in and see the selection in this beautifully outfitted store. You won’t leave empty handed. 480-593-7080

Antler Ridge Resort Cabins- Year-round cabin rentals in beautiful Greer Arizona. Check out what is available at antlerridge.com.

Lesueur Advanced Automotive- One of the finest auto repair shops in Round Valley. They do it all. 928-333-2770

All American Auto Body- Located on Main St. in Springerville. You have seen the quality of there work at our local car shows. Looking Good! 928-333-0447

Wolfe Dreaming- Hazel Wolfe is selling Habit/CBD products. Her products will not produce the effects of cannabis. Her CBD’s come in different forms to provide customers the means to effectively meet their unique needs. Now available at the Honey Shack.

Nutrioso Community Association- The NCA has been active since the beginning of the 21st century. The association continued the annual tradition of the Nutrioso B-B-Q and Dance started 49 years ago. Their two fund raising events are the “End of the Trail Rummage Sale” at the end of June and the “BBQ & Dance “on the last Saturday in July.

White Mountain Mayhem- They produce some fine custom crafts, such as cigar box guitars, ukuleles, cutting boards, clocks, laser engraved woodworking, signs and much more. Reach them at 505-593-6831.

Come Back Ranch Animal Sanctuary- Save and rehab horses and veterans and kids though the use of structured programs combining horses and people. Our newest member is looking for volunteers. Call 760-880-8954 for more info.

7/21/22

Buy Local! Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce Community BIG SALE DAY

Saturday, August 6th, 2022

Specials at Local Businesses

Customers who purchase anything from Southern Apache County Businesses on August 6th, 2022, can bring their receipts to the Springerville-Eagar Chamber of Commerce office at 7 W. Main St. in Springerville. For every $10.00 spent in Apache County businesses the Chamber will give the customer a raffle ticket. The raffle prize for one family will include all the following: a family fun trip for 4 people at El Rio Theater, a tour for 4 people at the Casa Malpais Museum and Ruins, a tour for 4 at the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch, dinner for 4 at Molly Butlers Lodge and Restaurant, and a day tour for 4 with Paleontologist Doug Wolfe to ancient sites near Springerville. Smaller prizes will be donated by local businesses. Receipts must be turned in to the chamber office that day to receive a raffle ticket.

An evening celebration at Eagar’s Ramsey Park on Butler St. from 6-9pm on Saturday, August 6th will include music, dancing, an ice cream social, and a cupcake walk with prizes of a cupcake and a coupon for discounts at participating local businesses during the remainder of August. Winner of the Grand Prize will be drawn at the celebration. You do not need to be present to win.

7/7/22

July 4th in the White Mountains

The pictures below are from the 2022 July 4th parades in Springerville-Eagar and in Alpine AZ. You can tell where the pictures were taken by the background. McDonalds in the background was Round Valley and the others were from Alpine. These were two of the biggest parades we have ever had. The spectators were in the high thousands for both parades and everyone was highly enthusiastic.

6/22/22

Springerville-Eagar Arizona

The towns of Springerville and Eagar, also known as Round Valley, are in the far eastern White Mountains of Arizona. The two towns are just north of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and just south of the Springerville Volcanic Fields. Both communities are located at an elevation of just over 7000 feet.

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has hundreds of miles of streams and rivers, as well as miles of hiking trails and ATV trails. Lakes are abundant and routinely stocked with trout. Some places in the forest you won’t want to miss, are the trails of the second and third highest mountains in Arizona, Mount Baldy and Escudilla Mountain. Big Lake and a few of its tributaries are close by.  Also within the boundaries of the forest are the communities of Alpine, with nearby Luna Lake, a beautiful camping and fishing spot. The community of Greer has the Little Colorado River running right through it. There are three lakes nearby and some great restaurants and motels and cabin rentals and some of the most beautiful campgrounds in Arizona.

Located in the volcano fields is Lyman Lake State Park which offers lakeside camping, full hookup RV spots, fishing, hiking, boating and petroglyph tours. The two closer lakes are Becker Lake, a catch and release lake with trophy trout and Nelson Reservoir, a few miles south of Eagar.

While in Round Valley you must stop by R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch located in Eagar.  They offer a safari tram ride into the land of the large animals where you can hand feed giraffes, Water Buffalo and other animals. The walking tour of the ranch will allow you to interact with some of the smaller critters. You will love their gift shop.

Another spot to see is the Round Valley Ensphere. This is the first domed high school sports venue in the world. Stop by and peek inside. The dome features a football field, track, basketball courts, volleyball courts and seats up to 7000 fans. It is also the home of the annual Chrome in the Dome Car Show in April.

Also located in Springerville is the Heritage Center which contains 4 museums. The Renee Cushman collection of antiques has a Rembrandt etching. Inside the Heritage Center is the starting point for the tour of the Casa Malpais Ruins. Museum hours are Tues.-Fri. 8am-5pm, Sat. 8:30am-4pm. Casa Malpais Tours are, Tues.-Sat. 9am and 1pm. The World-Famous Western Drug Store is in Springerville where you can purchase just about anything you may have forgotten.

Coming up this summer is our best in the west 4th of July Rodeo, parade and fireworks display. At the end of August is the most delicious Bar-B-Que Rib Throwdown competition around. You can try ribs from all the competitors, and you won’t go away hungry.

Make sure you bring fishing rods, hiking boots, day packs and rain gear. We also have a couple of places to rent e-bikes and kayaks. Temperatures in Round Valley are usually 20 degrees cooler than metropolitan areas and even cooler in the mountains.

Springerville-Eagar is a great place to vacation. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce at 7 W. Main St. in Springerville for maps, day trip guides and information on everything mentioned above. See you soon!

6/1/22

1st Annual Buses by The Lake
Lyman Lake State Park

The Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Lyman State Park is presenting a new event to attract visitors to our beautiful White Mountains. The new event is the 1st Annual Buses by the Lake VW Rally.  The dates for the event will be Thursday, June 9th through Sunday June 12th. The rally will be hosting approximately 50-100 VW Buses. Do you own a VW bus? Do you want to camp out with us? The entry fee for buses is $40 for all three nights. There are still plenty of spaces left that are right on the beach, as well as a few small cabins and RV spots with all the amenities to rent from the state park. Call Lyman Lake at 928-337-4441 to check availability. This fun filled festival of fabulous VW buses will be open to the public from 8am-9:45pm. Cost to the public to participate in activities will be $5 a carload per day.

Here is a list of anticipated attractions:
Visit with our craft vendors
Stop by the food vendors and eat in a shaded dining area
Enjoy a cold one in our shaded beer garden. (21 and over)
Hike the Petroglyphs Trail
Visit the small Indian Ruins
Play beach volleyball
Fishing
Boating and Kayaking
Swimming
Horseshoes
Hoola Hoop and Dance contests
Watch VWs in a Slow Drag Race
Help pick the best VW Tattoo and best-looking pet
You can also dunk a chamber staff member in our dunk tank (3 balls for $1)

While you’re with us you can purchase raffle tickets for a 1998 VW Beetle, a children’s VW convertible with working lights and an MP player, a hand painted VW rear hood painted by local artist Nikki Wilden, a VW roof rack, a lighted VW neon sign plus a children’s raffle and a 50/50 raffle. Day use visitors can purchase a wristband for $20 which allows them to buy raffle tickets for the big prize drawings.

All registered VW bus owners who shop in the southern Apache County area during the rally will receive a free raffle ticket for every $10 spent (receipt required, see staff). This will allow us to track the economic impact of the rally on our communities.
Call the Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce for registration and information. 928-333-2123

5/20/22

Blissfully Traveled Boutique

As soon as you walk through the door, you’ll know that this is the place in Round Valley with the most stylish line of new clothing, vintage clothing, and accessories in eastern Arizona. The name of the store may spark your memory of the tiny shop on the north side of Main St. in Springerville, just east of Carquest. That shop was Vintage Bliss. Tricia Samsal, owner, new member, and designer, moved and expanded to 224 E. Main St. The new shop is about four times larger than the previous one, so expanding the name was a natural next step. Tricia has been in the vintage clothing and accessories business for many years, buying and selling her wares at trade shows throughout the western United States. The new store is fully stocked with real vintage goods and accessories, as well as new merchandise. Tricia designs and creates her own line of tee-shirts and designs and produces her own line of jewelry. The store is about 90/10% women’s items, but the menfolk with have plenty to look at.

Tricia is an Instagram Guru and since being in business has promoted our communities and her business on Instagram. We are so lucky to have her as a new member because she is now taking care of the chambers Instagram account. Us old folks at the chamber didn’t have a clue about Instagram until she explained how it helps us get noticed. Check out her Instagram posts at blissfullytraveledboutique and ShopVintageBlissAz. Her website is www.vintageblissaz.com and her email is vintagebliss@yahoo.com. Their Facebook page is VintageBliss-TricaSamsal. The business phone number is 480-593-7080. Store hours will normally be Thursday- Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Before you head to Show Low for clothing, make it a point to stop by Blissfully Traveled Boutique and see what they have. You will be pleasantly surprised.

5/10/2022

West USA Realty

There is a new face in a Real Estate company in Round Valley with nearly 30 years total experience with local expertise! What’s special about this duo is that you already know these folks! Introducing Brandee Snyder and Skye Snyder, the mother and son real estate duo who work like a team. Skye is a native of Round Valley and Brandee has been a resident for 36 years. She is almost a native and feels like Round Valley is her hometown.

You will find Skye’s enthusiasm and Brandee’s experience a winning combination to serve you with integrity and trust. It will be their pleasure to help with all your Real Estate needs in a different company, but with the same great service with gratitude as Brandee eventually “hands over the reins” to Skye in the future.

Their backgrounds are diverse and very interesting. Both are military veterans, with Brandee serving in the US Air Force as a Russian interpreter and Skye served in the Navy for 6 years as a Nuclear Machinist Mate on a Los Angeles class fast attack submarine. Brandee met her husband, the late Michael “Doc” Snyder, in the Air Force, and after their discharge she worked as a graphic artist and muralist while he pursued a degree in Chiropractic Medicine. They moved to Arizona in 1983 and Skye was born a couple of years later. Brandee was explicit in her admiration of Russell Crosby of Century 21 Ponderosa Realty for giving her the opportunity in 1996 to become a realtor and paying for her education. Before becoming a Realtor, Brandee’s love of art, sign painting and graphics led her to painting over 10 murals in Round Valley. You can see one of her best murals (John Wayne) at Junk & Java on the patio wall. She also designed and placed many of the sandstone historical monuments around town.

Both Skye and his sibling Sea grew up in Round Valley and graduated from Round Valley High School, where Skye was the graduating class Salutatorian. After high school, Skye went into the Navy, where after 6 years he received an honorable medical retirement for injuries while on duty. After the Navy he attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute in Scottsdale and became a Certified Chef. For the next 8 years he worked for Emerson Automation Solutions as an Engineering and Business Consultant. For the last year and a half, he has worked as a Licensed Real Estate Agent training with his mom/mentor.

Now, for the mother/son team we mentioned. Through Skye’s desire to enhance his career and join West USA Realty and Brandee’s desire to be working side by side with her son, it will lead them to open a branch of West USA Realty in Round Valley. They will have full access to MLS and cooperate with all the local Realtors. They will be listing and selling lots, acreage, homes, commercial properties, and eventually, property management. At present there is no local brick and mortar office, but they will meet you anywhere and almost any time for showings. They look forward to meeting new clients and serving past clients. Brandee and Skye can be reached at: Brandee - 928-245-4535, and Skye - 928-551-3961. Their email addresses are: arizonabrandee@gmail.com and skyesellsaz@gmail.com. Their affiliated West USA Realty office is located in Pinetop at 2482 E White Mountain Blvd #B Pinetop AZ 85935.

4/26/22

On occasion, we will be putting the history of Round Valley, (Springerville-Eagar) AZ  on our blog. This first installment comes from the website www.roundvalleyaz.com. It was written by the late Jack Becker, a Round Valley native. This first piece is a little about Jack and our history. Check out the round valley website for all the history or watch this blog for more installments.

   

Historian pieces history together

Copied from Valle Redondo Days '92
by Mike Grace (Special to the Independent)
Friday, September 4, 1992 --Valle Redondo Section -- Page 5D

SPRINGERVILLE-- Separating fact from fiction is a historian's greatest challenge.

     Tales of the old west, outlaws, gunslingers and reckless gamblers become taller through generations of storytelling.

     Simple deeds grow into acts of sweeping heroism. Hardship and disaster is retold as triumph and adventure.

     In the case of the history of the Round Valley area, no one has done more to unravel the mysteries and separate truth from fiction than life-long resident and historical researcher Jack Becker.

     A descendant of Gustav Becker, one of Round Valley's pioneer settlers, Jack has devoted many years to researching the background that forms the early history of the settlement of the area from 1869 to 1887.   Becker was born into the history of Round Valley due to his own family roots, which date back to the 1870s.

     Becker who works for the Apache County Adult Probation Department as coordinator of community services. He devotes virtually all his free time to searching archives, court records and old news clippings to garner threads of information regarding the lives of key figures in Round Valley history.

     "People were always asking me about the history of the area, and there really just wasn't much in the way of real historical work done, " he said. "A majority of 'local' histories have largely represented hand-me-down grandmother type retelling of non-researched stories, some of which were recounted totally incorrectly."

     Becker, who is totally self-taught in research techniques, used official records and newspapers of the period to locate and substantiate information. "Court records or official documents, of course, are the most dependable," he said, pointing out that it is "factual stuff."

     Newspaper writing from that period was biased and opinionated he said. You wouldn't believe how outlandish some of the editors and writers were in those days," he said. "A modern newspaper could never get away with that kind of writing, even on an editorial page."

     However prejudiced or not, Becker still gleans important information from such accounts, especially if there is more than one. Names, dates, and circumstances shine through even the most bigoted of writing.

     "What you look for is an official document collaterally supported by newspaper accounts," Becker said. "When you find both, that's virtually a lock-on."

     He said he personally does not engage in interviewing at all because of the time frame.  One of the problems in the Round Valley area is that our first permanent local newspaper, the St. Johns Herald, did not begin publishing until 1885.

     The Pioneer was established in 1882 by C. A. Franklin at St. Johns but didn't last long and no copies are known to exist.   The Apache Chief in 1884 was published for nine months during that year and was a highly anti-Mormon journal. It also did not survive.

     "This is a real problem because our history here actually begins around 1870, so we are looking at about a 15-year gap of historical events with no 'local' paper reporting on them." Becker said.

     To further complicate matters, this area was part of Yavapai County until February of 1879 with its seat in Prescott, 250 miles away. "Even after Apache County was created, the Legislature didn't get around to creating a judicial district until two years later," he said.

     For all intents and purposes, "historical" records here in the Round Valley don't begin until 1882.  "By 1885 our court records are fairly complete here. A lot of records from Prescott are missing in the interim period, so I count heavily on secondary research ---through newspapers," Becker said.

     "The great writers and historians of the period who wrote about all these sheriffs and personalities did not have access to what we do because there was no microfilm library. They didn't know what was going on in Prescott, Santa Fe, and other places critical to the developments here in Round Valley," he said.

     In the 1960s the government and historical societies, through grants, began microfilming records.

     "Let me tell you how happy I was when I first found out about the project years ago," Becker said.  "It's a lot easier to scan microfilm than to actually dig through the real thing."

     "What I say about historical writing is that if it isn't substantiated by a creditable source, don't even bother writing about it," Becker said.  And he should know.  His extensive research work and investigation has attracted the interest of the Arizona Historical Society, which is encouraging him to collaborate on a venture to publish much of his work.

     His research clearly shows the great majority of the original settlers came here from New Mexico or had resided there prior to entering this area and most were Hispanic, he said.  So for a lot of his research Becker goes back to New Mexico and legal documents and newspaper articles there.  I have to go back to the 1860s there in order to trace developments which led to Western movement here."

     New Mexico was fairly well established and Becker estimates that it had something like eight times the population of Arizona Territory in those days.     

     "The Round Valley area was Apache land and there weren't any settlers around prior to 1870.  Despite some tree-ring dating work done by a few researchers, the facts are that only transient movement occurred in Round Valley before 1870.  "When some of the first dendrochronology (tree ring dating) work came out, there was a lot of excitement because the results showed wood in structures around here that was a lot older than that particular time frame," he said.

"There's no question but that the dating of the construction material is correct," Becker said. "However, if you check the records over in New Mexico, you can find that the individual concerned who owned the structure was still over in Santa Fe or Albuquerque or wherever."

"The truth is that these people when they moved this way from New Mexico dismantled a lot of their structures and brought the wood here to reuse," he said.

     Until Fort Apache was established, this was heavy Indian country.  There is a very complete history of Fort Apache through Army records which are still completely intact. It was first known as Camp Ord, then Camp Mogollon, Camp Thomas, and finally, Camp Apache before becoming Fort Apache in 1879.

      "Fort Apache is what propelled everything in this area.  It was the economic basis and driving factor." Becker said.   "Sure this was a beautiful valley, but nobody could settle here on account of the insecurity of the Apache wars."

     The first settler consisted of the families of W.R. Milligan, O.W. McCoullough and Anthony Long. Contrary to many misplaced rumors, the area was not settled by sheep men.

     The fort was the driving force of economic reality that created the influx of settlers to this area."

     "With a large force of men here in the area, you had protection and also certain needs which acted as a magnet to attract people," he said.

     The presence of an Army post meant huge grain contracts, the need for beef, charcoal, wood and all sorts of materials.

     "The idea that this area was founded by outlaws is ridiculous. Who and what were they going to rob?" Becker said.  "We ended up with a lot of them, but they aren't what built this place."    

     "The Round Valley is a really rich multi-cultural mosaic of many elements, each of which has played a very important role in bringing us where we are today," said the historian. 

     Becker feels the most fascinating aspect of the "manifest destiny" era in the colonization of the Round Valley and Little Colorado area was the extreme cultural diversity in the various ethnic groups and how they adapted to one another.  "You had New Mexican sheep men, Anglo Texan cattlemen, Civil War veterans from both sides, friendly White Mountain Apaches, men on the run, farmers, prospectors, European immigrants and finally the Mormon colonists who came to stay," he said.

     These various groups vied for political power and economic dominance in local and county affairs, coming to a head during most of the 1880s with a minimum amount of violence and no range wars. "They simply learned to live with each other," Becker said.   He feels very strongly that what we do today becomes history tomorrow.  What makes it "exciting" history to some is its remoteness from us.

     "Today everything is documented and recorded in computer banks," he said. "What I search for is the thread that binds us to the past, when records weren't so complete and life was very different."

4/20/22

You never know what you may find in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

04-07-2022

R LAZY J WILDLIFE RANCH

Sometimes the story behind the business is as interesting as the business itself. Take the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar. How does one become the operations manager, then owner of multiple wildlife ranches? Vanessa and Jacob Roer are the owners of R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch here, and the Roer Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia.

The story begins when Vanessa was a 14-year-old babysitter for the zoo director at the Bear Country USA in South Dakota. Her work ethics and trustworthiness impressed the director so much that when she was 16 years old, he hired her at the zoo. She started at the very bottom doing all the nasty jobs and was soon promoted to taking care of the newborns. After high school, she worked at the ranch seasonally through college. In the fall of 2009, she began running Bearazona near Williams, Arizona. They left Williams in 2016 to go east and took over the Roer Zoofari in Virginia. They soon realized that Virginia weather was not suitable for some of the animals they raised. That’s when they remembered their love for Arizona. During 2017 they purchased the land they are currently are located on. Remember, when opportunity knocks, open the door.

The R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch is located at 649 E. Central Ave. in Eagar. They are open 7 days a week year- round and the hours are 8am – 4:30pm. The guided open tram Safari Tours are at 10am, noon and 2pm. During the tour, many of the larger animals come up to the tram where you can hand feed them. After the Safari, is the guided walk around tour where you can get up-close and personal with some of the animals. The ranch has over 500 animals to view and interact with.

General admission is $25 for those 3 years and older. Seniors and military admissions are $20. School rates are $10 per student. Season passes are $75 for individuals and $250 for 6 member families or groups. Children under 3 are free. The tram can carry up to 40 passengers, so bring a crowd and cameras for more fun. You will love their gift shop.

For reservations, call 928-551-1824, or stop in at one of their tour times and we are sure you will be accommodated.

 
Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
By Bill Farbstein, Membership Chair
 
At a recent Foundation for Little Colorado Revitalization (FFLCR) meeting, Karalea Cox was presented the CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD by Chamber Director Becki Christensen and Board Members Tony Contrares and John Wilfong.
 
Karalea Cox, the President of the FFLCR, has been instrumental in procuring many loans and grants that will be of extreme value to our communities.
In 2021, the FFLCR received 2.2 million dollars in loans and grants from the USDA to assist in building a USDA meat processing plant. The new company that was formed is called Little Colorado Meats (LCM) and will be up and running within a month or two. LCM also received a Workforce Grant of $10,000 to assist with workforce hiring bonuses for staff.
 
Another plan in formation is an Aquatic Center. She and other foundation members surveyed the community and found overwhelming support from our citizens. This endeavor is still in the planning stages.
 
The FFLCR received a grant in 2019 to form a Business Expansion and Retention Program. This program pursued studies to help our communities understand the economic issues affecting our area.
 
A Small Business Revolving Loan Program was established. The Foundation received a USDA grant for $70,000 along with donations from Springerville, Eagar and St. Johns of $2500. The Industrial Development Authority of Apache County assisted with a donation of an additional $20,000. This money has been loaned to many small businesses in our communities.
 
The Foundation is working on a Retail Training Program to train and develop trained employees for our local retail businesses.
 
It is this dedication that earned Karalea the Citizen of the Year Award. The Chamber of Commerce is grateful to have such a hard-working community leader. She is a person we should all emulate.
 
 

3/26/2022

Radical Off-Road Raffle Drawing Winner!

The Radical Off-Road Raffle Drawing took place at the Chamber of Commerce on March 19, at 7:00pm. The winner is Jennifer of Gilbert, Arizona. Congratulations Jennifer!

Below is a video link to the Radical Off-Road Raffle drawing event.
 
 
 

3/23/2022

Spring is in the Air

The White Mountains of Eastern Arizona are waking up for spring. The temperatures are rising. The trees are starting to bud. The snow is melting, and the streams are rising. There is so much to do to keep you busy and entertained. April 15th is the anticipated date for the main roads into the forest to open. Until then we have much to see and do.

R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar is open year- round, with tram safari’s rides to the larger animals and a walk - through area for the smaller ones. They also have a well - stocked gift shop for your perusal. Call 928-551-1824 for more info and prices.

The Springerville Heritage Center is open 6 days a week, with 4 free museums (the Renee Cushman Museum has a real Rembrandt etching). The Casa Malpais Ruins Tour is starting up again, weather permitting.

Lyman Lake State Park is just up the road and is open for camping, fishing, hiking, boating and petroglyph tours. Check out their website for more info. AZstateparks.com.

Other lakes in the area are:
Becker Lake, a catch and release fishery with trophy size trout.
Nelson Reservoir, south of Eagar, with boat ramps and shoreline fishing.
Luna Lake, just east of Alpine, has boat ramps, boat rentals, and store and camping.
Greer has three beautiful lakes with nearby camping and hiking and great restaurants.

Make sure you bring fishing rods, hiking boots, and day packs. What ever you forget can be purchased at Western Drug and General Store. Kayaks, bikes and E-Bikes can be purchased or rented at God’s Country Powersports in Eagar and Greer.

Here are a few other things going on this year:
The “Chrome in the Dome” Car show will be held at the end of April in the first domed high school football stadium in the world.

In June we will be hosting 4 days of “Buses by the Lake” on the shore of Lyman Lake State Park. Anything Volkswagen related is welcome to attend. Check out, busesbythelake.com.

The 4th of July in the White Mountains is the place to be. The parade starts in Eagar at 10am, then the Rodeo at 1pm, followed by fireworks at dusk. BBQ’s, Dances and fun all day.

Another local favorite is the “Springerville Rib Throwdown” starting on September 1st thru 3rd. All kinds of great tasting food available each day. Kids “Q” competition also.

Springerville-Eagar is a great place to vacation. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce for maps, day trip guides and information on everything mentioned above. We are located at 7 W. Main St. in Springerville. We are known as Round Valley because the only way out is up!

3/16/2022
SPRINGERVILLE-EAGAR REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS BANQUET

The Springerville-Eagar Chamber hosted its Annual Awards Banquet on March 12th at Avery’s BBQ in Springerville. It was a festive occasion for all that attended and a packed house as well. The menu was Smoked BBQ Ribs, Smoked Chicken and for veggie lovers, Smoked Jackfruit was available. The Chamber drew many door prizes for guests and there was a well-received silent auction.

Chamber Board of Directors President Greg Moter gave the opening remarks and then introduced all the Board Members. Chamber Director Becki Christensen introduced her staff and explained the steps the chamber is taking this year to increase our value to our members.

To start off the awards presentations, Membership Chair Bill Farbstein presented the First Annual Dave Pulsifer Award to Board Member and President Elect, Anthony Contreras. This annual award will be presented to a board member who best emulates Dave Pulsifer. Dave was an active and dedicated Board Member for many years and was a beloved leader to the Round Valley Community. He was a White Mountain Regional Medical Center Board Member for 17 years, served on the Apache County Sheriffs Search and Rescue Team for many years and ran the Round Valley Rodeo for 45 years. He also founded the Annual Friends and Family Picnic.

Tony Contreras is also an active Board Member who is held in the highest esteem by the Chamber Staff for all the work he has performed for us whenever he was needed. Tony is a professional Draftsman, a highly skilled photographer and a licensed Drone Pilot. He is an active member of the Foundation for the Little Colorado Revitalization and is the right-hand man for the Annual Springerville Rib Throwdown.

Awards were also presented to Volunteers of the Year Terry Shove and Danielle Hommel. Terry is currently President of the Round Valley School Board, a founding member and Secretary of the Foundation for the little Colorado River Revitalization, and she is involved with the Youth Basketball for Round Valley and St. Johns among many other interests. Danielle Hommel is currently the Manager of the Springerville RV Park, she is the right -hand women for the Springerville Rib Throwdown and is always there when and wherever she is needed. She is beloved by everyone who meets her.

God’s Country Powersports was presented with the Rookie Business of the Year Award. Tony and Jenny Harris opened God’s Country Powersports in the beginning of 2021. They sell motorcycles, sell and rent E-Bikes, bicycles and recently incorporated the inventory and service of the former Sweat Shop in Eagar. They now rent skis, snow boards, tubes and all the accessories that go with it.

Our Business of the Year Award went to Jacob and Vanessa Roer who are the owners of R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar. They opened the ranch in the fall of 2018 and have been an exciting, educational and entertaining venue for all Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico. They have a guided open tram ride that takes you on a safari through the ranch where you can hand feed many of the animals. There is also a guided walk through the smaller animal enclosures. Mementoes are available in their gift shop.

The Citizen of the Year Award went to Karalea Cox, owner of Common Sense Consulting and Facilitation in Eagar. Karalea was instrumental in forming the Foundation for the Little Colorado Revitalization, Little Colorado Meats and Round Valley Cares. She has written many grants that have increased the standard of living in all our local communities.

3/9/2022
MORE THAN JUST A CHAMBER

One of the many benefits of membership in the chamber is that you are always invited to stop in to visit with us during any given business day. We are here to chat, change business info, give business info, take applications, refer you to business owners that may be of help to you. Here are just a few of the other benefits you may want to discuss with us: 50 free black and white copies a month, color copies for just $.10 each, a bulk mail stamp, placement of your information for locals and tourists to see, development of color flyers for distribution or advertising and many more.

Some of our members are artists and are classified as vendors. We display their talents throughout the chamber.  Here is a list of who they are and what they offer:

Celtic Raven Leather – Custom Leather Work
Busy B Ranch – Scented Candles, over 60 Fragrances
Pat’s Treasure Box – Jewelry
Udderly Country – Homemade Fudge & Caramels
Call Verda- Relationship Coach and Author
Chana’s Hair Design – Hair & Skin Care Products
Childress.com – Nature Photography
Designs by DJ – Arts & Crafts
Artistic Illusions by Nikki – Wall Art and Crafts
Kim Trickey Art – Art
Roxanne Knight/K5 Gallery – Art & Jewelry
M&I Photo & Art – Wood Turned Bowls
Trotter Art – Art
Photography by JRT – Photo Art
White Mountain Chocolates & Blissful Publications – Home Made Candy & Books
White Mountain Dinosaur Center – Dinosaur Display, Tours and Toys
X Diamond Ranch – Books
Z’s Photography – Nature Photography

Come on by and see if there is anything we can do for you, and while you’re here see what else we have to offer.  We are located at 7 W. Main St. in Springerville. 928-333-2123.

3/2/2022
SUNSRISE PARK RESORT 

Sunrise Park Resort is planning to stay open to at least March 20th this year. If you would like to get a few runs in before the end of the season, now is the time. Rentals this year include Skis, Snowboards, Ski Bikes and Inner Tubes. Sunrise will be having season ending events starting March 1st. The resort has a hotel on the premises and the casino/hotel near Pinetop-Lakeside.

If you're interested in staying in laid back, beautiful Springerville-Eagar, you’ll find great hotels, restaurants and shopping. We also have a movie theater, ski and snow board rentals, e-bike rentals and the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch, as well as fishing, hiking, and local museums. We are 27 miles or 34 minutes from the slopes.

For more information, you can find everything we have to offer on our Chamber website: springervilleeagarchamber.com. Take a few minutes to see what a great place the Springerville-Eagar areas are to move to or vacation in. While in town, stop in at the Chamber of Commerce to say hello and for more information about our area.

2/16/2022
COMING SOON!

Your Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to partner with ARIZONA@WORK to bring back the community opportunity for people wanting help with job hunting. In years past there was an office beside Blue Hills office in Eagar where displaced workers, youth who did not graduate, job seekers in need of training in a new industry and businesses in need of employees could go for help. That office has been closed for the last few years. Coming soon to the Chamber parking lot is the "ARIZONA@WORK Northeastern Arizona Mobile Job Center - a modified 15-passenger van designed to bring services that can be found in an ARIZONA@WORK job center to the job seekers of Apache County. The computers aboard the units have Internet access so job seekers can search for jobs and complete online applications and will be staffed with Career Specialists from a variety of ARIZONA@WORK programs that can provide assistance to job seekers with job searching, resumes, interviewing, as well as providing information about training/education." Your Chamber loves supporting our communities.

The Chamber Is Good For Business

HAVE YOU HEARD?

Your Springerville-Eagar Chamber is planning a huge event this June 9-12 at Lyman Lake. We have rented the entire beach area and invited all air-cooled Volkswagen vans, beetles, and new models to come experience our wonderland in Eastern Arizona. There will be food, a beer tent, craft vendors, contests, live music, games, raffles, fishing, swimming, boating, and camping. Even if you don't have a Volkswagen we have room for you. Come check out the vehicles, listen to the live music, enjoy some local food and/or beer. Day visit is $5 per person 12 and older. And, you could rent a camping space from us for either a day or for all three days. Are you a vendor? Call us at 928-333-2123 to register - cost is $15 a day or $45.

 

 

4/26/22

On occasion, we will be putting the history of Round Valley, (Springerville-Eagar) AZ  on our blog. This first installment comes from the website www.roundvalleyaz.com. It was written by the late Jack Becker, a Round Valley native. This first piece is a little about Jack and our history. Check out the round valley website for all the history or watch this blog for more installments.

   

Historian pieces history together

Copied from Valle Redondo Days '92
by Mike Grace (Special to the Independent)
Friday, September 4, 1992 --Valle Redondo Section -- Page 5D

SPRINGERVILLE-- Separating fact from fiction is a historian's greatest challenge.

     Tales of the old west, outlaws, gunslingers and reckless gamblers become taller through generations of storytelling.

     Simple deeds grow into acts of sweeping heroism. Hardship and disaster is retold as triumph and adventure.

     In the case of the history of the Round Valley area, no one has done more to unravel the mysteries and separate truth from fiction than life-long resident and historical researcher Jack Becker.

     A descendant of Gustav Becker, one of Round Valley's pioneer settlers, Jack has devoted many years to researching the background that forms the early history of the settlement of the area from 1869 to 1887.   Becker was born into the history of Round Valley due to his own family roots, which date back to the 1870s.

     Becker who works for the Apache County Adult Probation Department as coordinator of community services. He devotes virtually all his free time to searching archives, court records and old news clippings to garner threads of information regarding the lives of key figures in Round Valley history.

     "People were always asking me about the history of the area, and there really just wasn't much in the way of real historical work done, " he said. "A majority of 'local' histories have largely represented hand-me-down grandmother type retelling of non-researched stories, some of which were recounted totally incorrectly."

     Becker, who is totally self-taught in research techniques, used official records and newspapers of the period to locate and substantiate information. "Court records or official documents, of course, are the most dependable," he said, pointing out that it is "factual stuff."

     Newspaper writing from that period was biased and opinionated he said. You wouldn't believe how outlandish some of the editors and writers were in those days," he said. "A modern newspaper could never get away with that kind of writing, even on an editorial page."

     However prejudiced or not, Becker still gleans important information from such accounts, especially if there is more than one. Names, dates, and circumstances shine through even the most bigoted of writing.

     "What you look for is an official document collaterally supported by newspaper accounts," Becker said. "When you find both, that's virtually a lock-on."

     He said he personally does not engage in interviewing at all because of the time frame.  One of the problems in the Round Valley area is that our first permanent local newspaper, the St. Johns Herald, did not begin publishing until 1885.

     The Pioneer was established in 1882 by C. A. Franklin at St. Johns but didn't last long and no copies are known to exist.   The Apache Chief in 1884 was published for nine months during that year and was a highly anti-Mormon journal. It also did not survive.

     "This is a real problem because our history here actually begins around 1870, so we are looking at about a 15-year gap of historical events with no 'local' paper reporting on them." Becker said.

     To further complicate matters, this area was part of Yavapai County until February of 1879 with its seat in Prescott, 250 miles away. "Even after Apache County was created, the Legislature didn't get around to creating a judicial district until two years later," he said.

     For all intents and purposes, "historical" records here in the Round Valley don't begin until 1882.  "By 1885 our court records are fairly complete here. A lot of records from Prescott are missing in the interim period, so I count heavily on secondary research ---through newspapers," Becker said.

     "The great writers and historians of the period who wrote about all these sheriffs and personalities did not have access to what we do because there was no microfilm library. They didn't know what was going on in Prescott, Santa Fe, and other places critical to the developments here in Round Valley," he said.

     In the 1960s the government and historical societies, through grants, began microfilming records.

     "Let me tell you how happy I was when I first found out about the project years ago," Becker said.  "It's a lot easier to scan microfilm than to actually dig through the real thing."

     "What I say about historical writing is that if it isn't substantiated by a creditable source, don't even bother writing about it," Becker said.  And he should know.  His extensive research work and investigation has attracted the interest of the Arizona Historical Society, which is encouraging him to collaborate on a venture to publish much of his work.

     His research clearly shows the great majority of the original settlers came here from New Mexico or had resided there prior to entering this area and most were Hispanic, he said.  So for a lot of his research Becker goes back to New Mexico and legal documents and newspaper articles there.  I have to go back to the 1860s there in order to trace developments which led to Western movement here."

     New Mexico was fairly well established and Becker estimates that it had something like eight times the population of Arizona Territory in those days.     

     "The Round Valley area was Apache land and there weren't any settlers around prior to 1870.  Despite some tree-ring dating work done by a few researchers, the facts are that only transient movement occurred in Round Valley before 1870.  "When some of the first dendrochronology (tree ring dating) work came out, there was a lot of excitement because the results showed wood in structures around here that was a lot older than that particular time frame," he said.

"There's no question but that the dating of the construction material is correct," Becker said. "However, if you check the records over in New Mexico, you can find that the individual concerned who owned the structure was still over in Santa Fe or Albuquerque or wherever."

"The truth is that these people when they moved this way from New Mexico dismantled a lot of their structures and brought the wood here to reuse," he said.

     Until Fort Apache was established, this was heavy Indian country.  There is a very complete history of Fort Apache through Army records which are still completely intact. It was first known as Camp Ord, then Camp Mogollon, Camp Thomas, and finally, Camp Apache before becoming Fort Apache in 1879.

      "Fort Apache is what propelled everything in this area.  It was the economic basis and driving factor." Becker said.   "Sure this was a beautiful valley, but nobody could settle here on account of the insecurity of the Apache wars."

     The first settler consisted of the families of W.R. Milligan, O.W. McCoullough and Anthony Long. Contrary to many misplaced rumors, the area was not settled by sheep men.

     The fort was the driving force of economic reality that created the influx of settlers to this area."

     "With a large force of men here in the area, you had protection and also certain needs which acted as a magnet to attract people," he said.

     The presence of an Army post meant huge grain contracts, the need for beef, charcoal, wood and all sorts of materials.

     "The idea that this area was founded by outlaws is ridiculous. Who and what were they going to rob?" Becker said.  "We ended up with a lot of them, but they aren't what built this place."    

     "The Round Valley is a really rich multi-cultural mosaic of many elements, each of which has played a very important role in bringing us where we are today," said the historian. 

     Becker feels the most fascinating aspect of the "manifest destiny" era in the colonization of the Round Valley and Little Colorado area was the extreme cultural diversity in the various ethnic groups and how they adapted to one another.  "You had New Mexican sheep men, Anglo Texan cattlemen, Civil War veterans from both sides, friendly White Mountain Apaches, men on the run, farmers, prospectors, European immigrants and finally the Mormon colonists who came to stay," he said.

     These various groups vied for political power and economic dominance in local and county affairs, coming to a head during most of the 1880s with a minimum amount of violence and no range wars. "They simply learned to live with each other," Becker said.   He feels very strongly that what we do today becomes history tomorrow.  What makes it "exciting" history to some is its remoteness from us.

     "Today everything is documented and recorded in computer banks," he said. "What I search for is the thread that binds us to the past, when records weren't so complete and life was very different."

4/20/22

You never know what you may find in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

04-07-2022

R LAZY J WILDLIFE RANCH

Sometimes the story behind the business is as interesting as the business itself. Take the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar. How does one become the operations manager, then owner of multiple wildlife ranches? Vanessa and Jacob Roer are the owners of R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch here, and the Roer Zoofari in Vienna, Virginia.

The story begins when Vanessa was a 14-year-old babysitter for the zoo director at the Bear Country USA in South Dakota. Her work ethics and trustworthiness impressed the director so much that when she was 16 years old, he hired her at the zoo. She started at the very bottom doing all the nasty jobs and was soon promoted to taking care of the newborns. After high school, she worked at the ranch seasonally through college. In the fall of 2009, she began running Bearazona near Williams, Arizona. They left Williams in 2016 to go east and took over the Roer Zoofari in Virginia. They soon realized that Virginia weather was not suitable for some of the animals they raised. That’s when they remembered their love for Arizona. During 2017 they purchased the land they are currently are located on. Remember, when opportunity knocks, open the door.

The R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch is located at 649 E. Central Ave. in Eagar. They are open 7 days a week year- round and the hours are 8am – 4:30pm. The guided open tram Safari Tours are at 10am, noon and 2pm. During the tour, many of the larger animals come up to the tram where you can hand feed them. After the Safari, is the guided walk around tour where you can get up-close and personal with some of the animals. The ranch has over 500 animals to view and interact with.

General admission is $25 for those 3 years and older. Seniors and military admissions are $20. School rates are $10 per student. Season passes are $75 for individuals and $250 for 6 member families or groups. Children under 3 are free. The tram can carry up to 40 passengers, so bring a crowd and cameras for more fun. You will love their gift shop.

For reservations, call 928-551-1824, or stop in at one of their tour times and we are sure you will be accommodated.

 
Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
By Bill Farbstein, Membership Chair
 
At a recent Foundation for Little Colorado Revitalization (FFLCR) meeting, Karalea Cox was presented the CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD by Chamber Director Becki Christensen and Board Members Tony Contrares and John Wilfong.
 
Karalea Cox, the President of the FFLCR, has been instrumental in procuring many loans and grants that will be of extreme value to our communities.
In 2021, the FFLCR received 2.2 million dollars in loans and grants from the USDA to assist in building a USDA meat processing plant. The new company that was formed is called Little Colorado Meats (LCM) and will be up and running within a month or two. LCM also received a Workforce Grant of $10,000 to assist with workforce hiring bonuses for staff.
 
Another plan in formation is an Aquatic Center. She and other foundation members surveyed the community and found overwhelming support from our citizens. This endeavor is still in the planning stages.
 
The FFLCR received a grant in 2019 to form a Business Expansion and Retention Program. This program pursued studies to help our communities understand the economic issues affecting our area.
 
A Small Business Revolving Loan Program was established. The Foundation received a USDA grant for $70,000 along with donations from Springerville, Eagar and St. Johns of $2500. The Industrial Development Authority of Apache County assisted with a donation of an additional $20,000. This money has been loaned to many small businesses in our communities.
 
The Foundation is working on a Retail Training Program to train and develop trained employees for our local retail businesses.
 
It is this dedication that earned Karalea the Citizen of the Year Award. The Chamber of Commerce is grateful to have such a hard-working community leader. She is a person we should all emulate.
 
 

3/26/2022

Radical Off-Road Raffle Drawing Winner!

The Radical Off-Road Raffle Drawing took place at the Chamber of Commerce on March 19, at 7:00pm. The winner is Jennifer of Gilbert, Arizona. Congratulations Jennifer!

Below is a video link to the Radical Off-Road Raffle drawing event.
 
 
 

3/23/2022

Spring is in the Air

The White Mountains of Eastern Arizona are waking up for spring. The temperatures are rising. The trees are starting to bud. The snow is melting, and the streams are rising. There is so much to do to keep you busy and entertained. April 15th is the anticipated date for the main roads into the forest to open. Until then we have much to see and do.

R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar is open year- round, with tram safari’s rides to the larger animals and a walk - through area for the smaller ones. They also have a well - stocked gift shop for your perusal. Call 928-551-1824 for more info and prices.

The Springerville Heritage Center is open 6 days a week, with 4 free museums (the Renee Cushman Museum has a real Rembrandt etching). The Casa Malpais Ruins Tour is starting up again, weather permitting.

Lyman Lake State Park is just up the road and is open for camping, fishing, hiking, boating and petroglyph tours. Check out their website for more info. AZstateparks.com.

Other lakes in the area are:
Becker Lake, a catch and release fishery with trophy size trout.
Nelson Reservoir, south of Eagar, with boat ramps and shoreline fishing.
Luna Lake, just east of Alpine, has boat ramps, boat rentals, and store and camping.
Greer has three beautiful lakes with nearby camping and hiking and great restaurants.

Make sure you bring fishing rods, hiking boots, and day packs. What ever you forget can be purchased at Western Drug and General Store. Kayaks, bikes and E-Bikes can be purchased or rented at God’s Country Powersports in Eagar and Greer.

Here are a few other things going on this year:
The “Chrome in the Dome” Car show will be held at the end of April in the first domed high school football stadium in the world.

In June we will be hosting 4 days of “Buses by the Lake” on the shore of Lyman Lake State Park. Anything Volkswagen related is welcome to attend. Check out, busesbythelake.com.

The 4th of July in the White Mountains is the place to be. The parade starts in Eagar at 10am, then the Rodeo at 1pm, followed by fireworks at dusk. BBQ’s, Dances and fun all day.

Another local favorite is the “Springerville Rib Throwdown” starting on September 1st thru 3rd. All kinds of great tasting food available each day. Kids “Q” competition also.

Springerville-Eagar is a great place to vacation. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce for maps, day trip guides and information on everything mentioned above. We are located at 7 W. Main St. in Springerville. We are known as Round Valley because the only way out is up!

3/16/2022
SPRINGERVILLE-EAGAR REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDS BANQUET

The Springerville-Eagar Chamber hosted its Annual Awards Banquet on March 12th at Avery’s BBQ in Springerville. It was a festive occasion for all that attended and a packed house as well. The menu was Smoked BBQ Ribs, Smoked Chicken and for veggie lovers, Smoked Jackfruit was available. The Chamber drew many door prizes for guests and there was a well-received silent auction.

Chamber Board of Directors President Greg Moter gave the opening remarks and then introduced all the Board Members. Chamber Director Becki Christensen introduced her staff and explained the steps the chamber is taking this year to increase our value to our members.

To start off the awards presentations, Membership Chair Bill Farbstein presented the First Annual Dave Pulsifer Award to Board Member and President Elect, Anthony Contreras. This annual award will be presented to a board member who best emulates Dave Pulsifer. Dave was an active and dedicated Board Member for many years and was a beloved leader to the Round Valley Community. He was a White Mountain Regional Medical Center Board Member for 17 years, served on the Apache County Sheriffs Search and Rescue Team for many years and ran the Round Valley Rodeo for 45 years. He also founded the Annual Friends and Family Picnic.

Tony Contreras is also an active Board Member who is held in the highest esteem by the Chamber Staff for all the work he has performed for us whenever he was needed. Tony is a professional Draftsman, a highly skilled photographer and a licensed Drone Pilot. He is an active member of the Foundation for the Little Colorado Revitalization and is the right-hand man for the Annual Springerville Rib Throwdown.

Awards were also presented to Volunteers of the Year Terry Shove and Danielle Hommel. Terry is currently President of the Round Valley School Board, a founding member and Secretary of the Foundation for the little Colorado River Revitalization, and she is involved with the Youth Basketball for Round Valley and St. Johns among many other interests. Danielle Hommel is currently the Manager of the Springerville RV Park, she is the right -hand women for the Springerville Rib Throwdown and is always there when and wherever she is needed. She is beloved by everyone who meets her.

God’s Country Powersports was presented with the Rookie Business of the Year Award. Tony and Jenny Harris opened God’s Country Powersports in the beginning of 2021. They sell motorcycles, sell and rent E-Bikes, bicycles and recently incorporated the inventory and service of the former Sweat Shop in Eagar. They now rent skis, snow boards, tubes and all the accessories that go with it.

Our Business of the Year Award went to Jacob and Vanessa Roer who are the owners of R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch in Eagar. They opened the ranch in the fall of 2018 and have been an exciting, educational and entertaining venue for all Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico. They have a guided open tram ride that takes you on a safari through the ranch where you can hand feed many of the animals. There is also a guided walk through the smaller animal enclosures. Mementoes are available in their gift shop.

The Citizen of the Year Award went to Karalea Cox, owner of Common Sense Consulting and Facilitation in Eagar. Karalea was instrumental in forming the Foundation for the Little Colorado Revitalization, Little Colorado Meats and Round Valley Cares. She has written many grants that have increased the standard of living in all our local communities.

3/9/2022
MORE THAN JUST A CHAMBER

One of the many benefits of membership in the chamber is that you are always invited to stop in to visit with us during any given business day. We are here to chat, change business info, give business info, take applications, refer you to business owners that may be of help to you. Here are just a few of the other benefits you may want to discuss with us: 50 free black and white copies a month, color copies for just $.10 each, a bulk mail stamp, placement of your information for locals and tourists to see, development of color flyers for distribution or advertising and many more.

Some of our members are artists and are classified as vendors. We display their talents throughout the chamber.  Here is a list of who they are and what they offer:

Celtic Raven Leather – Custom Leather Work
Busy B Ranch – Scented Candles, over 60 Fragrances
Pat’s Treasure Box – Jewelry
Udderly Country – Homemade Fudge & Caramels
Call Verda- Relationship Coach and Author
Chana’s Hair Design – Hair & Skin Care Products
Childress.com – Nature Photography
Designs by DJ – Arts & Crafts
Artistic Illusions by Nikki – Wall Art and Crafts
Kim Trickey Art – Art
Roxanne Knight/K5 Gallery – Art & Jewelry
M&I Photo & Art – Wood Turned Bowls
Trotter Art – Art
Photography by JRT – Photo Art
White Mountain Chocolates & Blissful Publications – Home Made Candy & Books
White Mountain Dinosaur Center – Dinosaur Display, Tours and Toys
X Diamond Ranch – Books
Z’s Photography – Nature Photography

Come on by and see if there is anything we can do for you, and while you’re here see what else we have to offer.  We are located at 7 W. Main St. in Springerville. 928-333-2123.

3/2/2022
SUNSRISE PARK RESORT 

Sunrise Park Resort is planning to stay open to at least March 20th this year. If you would like to get a few runs in before the end of the season, now is the time. Rentals this year include Skis, Snowboards, Ski Bikes and Inner Tubes. Sunrise will be having season ending events starting March 1st. The resort has a hotel on the premises and the casino/hotel near Pinetop-Lakeside.

If you're interested in staying in laid back, beautiful Springerville-Eagar, you’ll find great hotels, restaurants and shopping. We also have a movie theater, ski and snow board rentals, e-bike rentals and the R Lazy J Wildlife Ranch, as well as fishing, hiking, and local museums. We are 27 miles or 34 minutes from the slopes.

For more information, you can find everything we have to offer on our Chamber website: springervilleeagarchamber.com. Take a few minutes to see what a great place the Springerville-Eagar areas are to move to or vacation in. While in town, stop in at the Chamber of Commerce to say hello and for more information about our area.

2/16/2022
COMING SOON!

Your Springerville-Eagar Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to partner with ARIZONA@WORK to bring back the community opportunity for people wanting help with job hunting. In years past there was an office beside Blue Hills office in Eagar where displaced workers, youth who did not graduate, job seekers in need of training in a new industry and businesses in need of employees could go for help. That office has been closed for the last few years. Coming soon to the Chamber parking lot is the "ARIZONA@WORK Northeastern Arizona Mobile Job Center - a modified 15-passenger van designed to bring services that can be found in an ARIZONA@WORK job center to the job seekers of Apache County. The computers aboard the units have Internet access so job seekers can search for jobs and complete online applications and will be staffed with Career Specialists from a variety of ARIZONA@WORK programs that can provide assistance to job seekers with job searching, resumes, interviewing, as well as providing information about training/education." Your Chamber loves supporting our communities.

 

 

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