Castle Valley Comments
October 31, 2013
by Ron Drake
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As the pedestrian pathway bridges at the lower end of state Route 128 nears completion, another Utah Department of Transportation project will begin in another location of the Colorado River Road. Double E Construction of Green River will begin a project that involves stabilizing a 600-foot section of the edge of the road and installing a guardrail around mile 28, two miles west of Dewey Bridge. Work will begin Monday, Nov. 4 and continue until Jan. 30. Daytime work will allow one-way traffic only, according to a new release from Double E Construction.

Due to the narrow road in this location, according to the public notice from the contractor, the work will involve weeknight road closures from 10:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Road closures will start Monday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 p.m., and will continue until approximately the end of November, and road closures will only occur when people are working on the project. Cell phone service at the job site is not dependable so the contractor says the work area is small enough that equipment can be moved within minutes to allow passage for emergency vehicles.

So, because of the one-way traffic, we can expect short delays, similar to those we are currently accustomed to at the other end of the road, for the duration of the new project. If you are traveling home from Grand Junction be sure to leave early enough to get through the area before 10:30 at night. Trucks with wide loads will also have to find an alternate route during the project.


Election day is closing in on Castle Valley voters, even though nearly all of the open council and board seats are going uncontested. The Castle Valley Town Council will have two four-year council seats open and Jazmine Duncan, a current council person has filed for one of those positions, while incumbent Tory Hill filed for the two-year council position. The other four-year term will have to be made by appointment by the new council. That two-year council seat came about with the resignation of Lynne Henry nearly two years ago and Duncan was appointed to that seat until this election year.

The position of Castle Valley mayor is up for election this year. Incumbent David Erley filed for re-election to that position back in June and it appeared that no election would be necessary. In July however, Oscar Duncan filed with the Castle Valley town clerk as a write-in candidate for mayor, forcing an election. He said at the time that he just couldn’t let Erley run without some opposition. He said this week that he enters the race with no personal agenda and promises to listen to the people and he will make sure that Castle Valley will be a safe community.

“It will be an honor to be the Castle Valley mayor,” he said.

Duncan filed as a write-in candidate after the regular filing deadline, which ended June 6, so his name will not appear on the ballot. Those wishing to vote for him for mayor will have to write “Oscar Duncan” in the blank space for mayor and check the box to have the vote count.

There will not be an election for the Castle Valley Fire Protection District board of directors. Two four-year seats became vacant when Dave Vaughn and Ron Mengel chose to not file for another term. Bob Russell and Leta Vaughn were the only two to file for the vacant seats, so with no other candidates filing there is no need for an election and they will automatically assume their positions on the board in January.


Thirty years ago this week, the annual general meeting of the Castle Valley River Ranchos Property Owners Association (POA) was scheduled to be held at the Ramada Inn in Moab. Just like these days, there were only three people, some reluctantly, running for five positions on the POA board of directors. At the time, board member George Ottinger stated that he contacted everyone who ran for office the previous year in an effort to coax them to try again but with little success.

My sage remarks 30 years ago were that “it is a thankless job with a lot of responsibility attached to it and it is very time consuming. A former director stated that she was involved with POA business of some kind practically every day. A good board member needs to be thick-skinned to withstand the negative comments and verbal abuse that are sometimes directed at those in public office.” Things haven’t changed much in 30 years.

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