Castle Valley Comments
March 8, 2018
by Ron Drake
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Lee Stoddard and JoAnna Dalton
Lee Stoddard and JoAnna Dalton
A large group of well-wishers gathered at the Castle Valley LDS Church last Sunday to witness the wedding of Lee Stoddard and JoAnna Dalton, both of whom reside in Castle Valley. The ceremony was conducted by Castle Valley Branch President Manuel Torres, while Gloria Hatch and Lee’s son, Scott Stoddard, attended the couple as matron of honor and best man. Lee and Scott moved to Castle Valley last July from Utah’s Wasatch Front after purchasing a home on Shafer Lane. JoAnna moved to the valley with her family in 1976 from California. Death took both of their previous spouses.

The ceremony was followed by a luncheon in the multi-purpose room of the church building. The guests were favored with fixings for sandwiches and a variety of side dishes and desserts. The couple cut the traditional wedding cake, which was then served to the guests. The newlyweds will live on Chamisa Lane in Castle Valley.


Two weeks ago this column featured the street names in Castle Valley and the fact that they were named after board members of the original developer of the old Pace Ranch and the county officials who were involved in the creation of the subdivision. I mentioned that only two street names were changed when residents had the opportunity to change them back in 1993.

Actually there was another street name that was changed at that time. A resident on Fire Cliff Lane reminded me that her street was renamed from Reservoir Lane to Fire Cliff Lane. She said that the afternoon sun, especially during the summer, lights up the cliffs below Parriott Mesa so much that it looks like it is on fire. She was responsible for the more appropriate name of that beautiful little country lane just south of the mailboxes off Castle Valley Drive.


“March seems to have blown in,” according to our official weather observer Bob Russell. He said the high and low temperatures were up the usual two to three degrees from historical averages. He also reported that the precipitation was 1.07 inches, up a little from our historical average of 0.73 and he recorded 1.7 inches of snow.

“Based upon history,” he added, “March should be a little warmer with an average high of 58.1 degrees and a low of 33.3 degrees. But don’t start planting just yet. Our spring freeze days (32 degrees) don’t drop below 50 percent until about April 15.

“In case you are wondering why it is so windy, wind usually results from a clash of warmer and colder air masses. As the days become longer and the sun’s angle becomes higher, those warmer air masses begin to battle the winter air masses so hold onto your hat.”

My anemometer recorded a gust of 58 mph sometime last week, but I’m not aware of any wind-related damage in the valley.

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