Judy Carroll of Moab was traveling south on Castle Valley Drive last Tuesday, Dec 4, when her late-model Kia struck the guard rail at Castle Creek then veered to the left across the road and was launched into the air before landing on the far side of the deep arroyo. She suffered multiple injuries and was transported to a waiting Life Flight helicopter at the LDS Church in Castle Valley and flown to Grand Junction for treatment.
Hobson said her mother completed her third surgery this week to mend broken bones, including a new hip to replace her hip that was crushed in the crash. She has also received titanium rods in her right leg where it was broken in two places and a rod and steel plate to her right arm. She also suffered a broken nose and hairline fractures to her neck in the incident.
Carroll has been transferred from the intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital to the orthopedic unit, where she will remain for a few more days before being transferred to a facility for a long process of rehabilitation. Hobson says her mother is trying to be as positive as possible throughout the process but has “up days and down days.” She is thankful that her mother’s problems are limited to the healing of bones and she has no issues with vision or memory problems.
Carroll and Hobson owned property on Amber Lane in Castle Valley but decided the valley wasn’t for them and sold the property and bought land in Spanish Valley instead. Carroll was traveling to Castle Valley to visit friends when the accident occurred. One Castle Valley resident who knows her said she is a beautiful woman, and her daughter says she is a young 72-year-old who is a fun woman.
Those who travel to Moab from Castle Valley on a regular basis have noticed a flurry of activity and the movement of a lot of dirt at the proposed Lions Park Transit Hub where the pedestrian tunnel will be constructed under state Route 128.
The construction work will now begin up-river on SR 128 where traffic will be affected as the bridge foundation drilling commences. The drilling will close one lane of traffic and the remaining travel lane will be controlled by temporary traffic signals. The wait at the traffic signals is expected to be less than 15 minutes so commuters should plan their trip to Moab accordingly.
Next Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Day Star Adventist Academy will again present their annual Christmas concert. They invite Castle Valley residents to join them for an evening of sacred music, inspiration, and refreshments as they celebrate the Christmas season. The evening will feature their touring choir and hand bells performing traditional carols and new favorites along with individual and small groups performing.
The school has been hosting this annual event for over 40 years. Some of the early programs were held in the basement of the chapel when the building was still under construction and straw was used to cover the dirt floor. Today, as it was back then, people will enjoy the talents of the school’s student body and faculty as they celebrate the birth of Christ.
A recent television newscast stated that more than six weeks after Hurricane Sandy people in New York and New Jersey are still without electricity, heat and water, and many others are without a home. Our local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been advocating that people establish a 72-hour kit to keep handy in case they have to leave their home in the event of some kind of disaster. Other organizations, such as the LDS Church, have also suggested a supply of food and water for longer periods in case of the unexpected. A recent item I received via email entitled “Things I learned from Hurricane Sandy ... from a survivor still struggling for everything after six weeks” reinforces the premise of preparedness.
The list contains 47 things learned but I’ll include just a few as examples. The writer states: (1) The excitement and coolness wears off around day three. (2) You are never really prepared to go weeks without power, heat, water etc. Never! (5) If you do not have water stored up you are in trouble. A couple of cases of bottled water is “NOT” water storage. (6) You should have as much fuel as water; propane, gas, kerosene, firewood, firestarter. (9) I was surprised how quickly normal social behavior goes out the window. (10) Cash is king (all the money in your savings means nothing). (13) You need more food than you think if your kids are out of school for two weeks. (16) The electrical grid is way more fragile than I thought. (24) Your town, no matter how small, is entirely dependent on outside sources of everything. (25) In an emergency, men stock up on food, women stock up on toilet paper.
You get the idea. The list contains many other things that we don’t even think about. We live in a pretty safe area but we never know when the unexpected will happen. The writer concludes: “I am very thankful for the upbringing and experiences that have taught me basic survival skills. If I had not been prepared, we probably would not have survived.”