Castle Valley Comments – June 27, 2019

Hannah Pearl Owen is the recipient of the Castle Valley Scholarship. Owen will use the $2,500 grant for her studies at Vassar College. Courtesy photo

Hannah Pearl Owen has joined an elite group of Castle Valley young men and women who will go on to achieve great things after high school. Miss Owen was selected by the Castle Valley Town Council during their regular monthly meeting last week to receive the annual Castle Valley Scholarship.

She was an active participant in many clubs, sports and extracurricular activities during her time at Grand County High School and she will carry that tradition on during her college years. She has been accepted and is enrolled at Vassar College and has been accepted into the biology program and will also join the women’s basketball team.

Owen graduated from Grand County High School this May and will pursue a biology program and women’s basketball at Vassar College. Courtesy photo

In her impressive letter of application to the town council for the $2,500 grant, she stated, “living in a rural area has taught me how every person contributes to the collectiveness of a community and that kindness is the foundation of any prospering system.” She also mentioned her fascination for the television drama series “Bones” and the lead character Dr. Temperance Brennan. “She represented authority and confidence and everything that I would eventually aspire to be,” she said.

The grant has been provided anonymously since 1991 to Castle Valley graduating high school seniors who want to continue with their education at a college or trade school. For the past 28 years the generous donor has contributed over $53,000 to 42 of our fine young people as they entered a college to pursue their goals of higher education.


During the monthly meeting of the Castle Valley Town Council, which was held Wednesday, June 19 the council appointed Stephanie Hamborsky of Moab as the town’s representative to the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District board. She has lived in Moab two years and was a manager for the Moonflower Community Cooperative for most of that time. While working for the co-op she worked with the solid waste district manager and continues to get involved and work with them on projects. She said that she is excited to be on the board and to learn her duties.

Hamborsky replaces Pam Hackley who made her final presentation to the council during last Wednesday’s meeting. She has served on the board for 12 years. During Hackley’s presentation to the council, she clarified that effective June 1, in an effort to conserve landfill space and extend the lifetime of the landfill, cardboard will no longer be accepted for disposal at the Moab Landfill location on Sand Flats Road. Customers will be asked to take their cardboard to the Community Recycle Center located at 1000 E. Sand Flats Road.

In other business, the council passed Resolution 2019-3, which adopts the final budget for FY2020 with the provision to move $1,000 to a line item for animal control. Resolution 2019-4 was also passed to adopt the final tax rate of .001823 percent.


Friends of the Castle Valley Fire Department are hard at work making final arrangements for the second annual Fourth of July pancake breakfast and parade, which will be held next Thursday at the town hall and Fire Station 2. The free breakfast will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. and it will run from the church to the town hall. There will also be live music, face painting, tattoos, door prizes and water, lots of it. On Wednesday, July 3 beginning at 5 p.m. there will be bike decorating for the parade in the library and a bake sale in the pavilion. Smokey the Bear will also make an appearance. The public is invited to all events. For more information contact Susan Halliday at 259-4606 or Diane Ackerman at 259-2719.


Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, the Republican candidate for Utah Governor in 2020 made a scheduled appearance in Castle Valley Tuesday morning as part of his visit to all 248 incorporated cities and town in Utah. Cox and his family were met June 25 by Grand County Council Member Greg Halliday where they toured the town hall and library before making their way to Fire Station 2. He introduced himself and his family, and spoke to several citizens who were there to meet them. He was presented a fire department shirt and hat and manned the business end of a hose from a wildland fire truck. Light refreshments were served during his visit at the firehouse.