Castle Valley Comments
February 16, 2017

The recent flood warnings in the northern parts of Utah, Nevada and California seem so far away from Castle Valley that we hardly think about them except when we are reminded through the news coverage on television. We feel sadness for those who have homes flooded, and especially for those who had to evacuate the surging water dangers in those affected areas. But meanwhile, we sit high and dry so far this year and the catastrophes of those affected areas do not impact us at all.

But Charleen Radley might not agree with that statement. She bought a round-trip ticket on Amtrak from Green River to Sacramento, California, last month and when she was ready to come home she realized that all travel by train and bus had been canceled. The train tracks and roads were damaged after a dam near Montello, Nevada, burst and caused flooding to the Union Pacific Railroad line and flooded the town of Montello.

But before we feel too sorry for Charleen you have to realize that she just got back to Sacramento from a three-week excursion to Maui. Charleen, sister Pam, and their 89-year-old mother, Kathy, spent precious family time together and enjoyed the warm weather while swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing far from the flooding on the mainland. When Charleen was ready to head home she was told that she would have to find another mode of travel and they gave her a refund for the return trip to Green River. Fortunately, she found a one-day Valentine’s Day special on Southwest Airlines and was able to save $600 on a flight from Sacramento to Salt Lake City, then boarded the commuter plane to Moab, breaking even financially except for the economical flight to Moab.

In the meantime, husband, Ray, had been working feverishly for over three days trying to “de-bachelorize” the house after three weeks on his own.

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Pat and I made our annual trip up to the Brigham Young University campus last week to watch the Grand County High School swim team compete. We joined many other parents and grandparents who sat in the cramped seats that were obviously meant for younger, more pliable people. Our grandkids, Alexa and Braxten, took first place in each of their individual events, setting state and school records in the process, and Alexa and her teammates took first in their two relay events and set a state record in one of them. Other school records were also set during the day.

The girls team took first place during the state meet — the result of dedication, rigorous training and physical conditioning — but just maybe the Holy Water that exists in the BYU swimming pool had something to do with it.

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The busy Castle Valley Library is continually hosting informative gatherings to help the residents keep abreast of information to benefit their lives. Following is an email from librarian Faylene Roth about their latest program.

“The Castle Valley Library is hosting a Saturday program next week, Feb. 25, on permaculture techniques like gully stabilization, erosion control, water harvesting from the landscape, building healthy soils, and creating greywater systems that can be applied to watershed management on individual lots. Jeff Adams and Jeremy Lynch, of the Canyonlands Watershed Council, will first present the techniques involved and then move outdoors to discuss how to apply the techniques to the surrounding landscape. You will learn how to ‘read the landscape’ and gain some tips on how to apply it to your own unique situation. The program is scheduled for Saturday morning, Feb. 25, at the Castle Valley Library from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.”

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Television service was the topic in this column 35 years ago. The manager of United Cable Television was taking a hard look at providing cable television service to Castle Valley. The manager was gathering data to see what the growth potential was for the valley and how the layoffs, which were occurring at the time in the county, were going to affect the economy. He said that he was going to continue pushing for cable television in the valley.

In the meantime, it was learned that television translator equipment that was being used for the community of Thompson Springs might be available. Grand County Commission chairman Ray Tibbetts said at the time that he would consider letting Castle Valley use the equipment after he had determined that Thompson was finished using it. Obviously, none of those options came to fruition, and after a few years individual satellite television receivers became available.

ByBy Ron Drake