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    Many businesses and buildings in the county have been allowed to open with restrictions this week but the Castle Valley town hall, including the library, will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future.

    Mayor Jazmine Duncan stated in a letter to the community last week that the town doesn’t have the staff or possibly, given the uncertainty of their financial situation, the money to properly sanitize the building after each visitor or use. They have decided that it is best to continue as they have for the last few weeks and close the town hall to the public.

    In her statement she said: “The town building will remain closed to all key holders except staff. The office will still be open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by phone and email only; in-person appointments can be made by staff, but only if necessary for something that can’t be accomplished electronically.

    “We wish to provide the safest possible work space for staff while still providing a normal level of service,” she continued. “We understand that use of the building is something many look forward to and we hope to be able to offer that again, however it may be later in the year. Playground equipment can’t be sanitized at the rate needed to feel like we should open it either. Please be aware that we are not able to sanitize equipment.

    “Town meetings will all remain electronic for now as well; these are designed for everyone who wishes to attend to be able to call in. If you don’t receive emails with agendas already, you can call Jocelyn during office hours and sign up at 259-9828. Our branch library still remains closed for now as well, with a possibility of curb-side pickup in the future. Unfortunately, community events have been canceled until at least fall.”

    She thanked everyone for their understanding and for helping each other get through this safely. “I have seen some amazing acts of kindness and generosity in the past few weeks,” she concluded.

    Our official weather observer, Bob Russell, didn’t have much to say about our April weather as it was pretty uneventful last month. He did report on the return of a seasonal bird, which is sort of like the return of the swallows at San Juan Capistrano in California each year. “The oriole showed up this morning, May 2,” he said “to remind me that we are done with April. He came the same day last spring, though April 29 in 2018.” He said the average maximum daily temperature for April was 67 degrees and the average minimum was 41 degrees. There was hardly enough precipitation to mention at a paltry 0.08-inch total at his place on Keogh Lane. He says that we can expect a little temperature increase of five to ten degrees for the month of May. He concluded by saying: “As you are well aware we are sliding into the fire hazard season with low humidity, dry fuels and hot winds. Everyone please try to clean out your dry fuels and be careful with fire.”

    Last June 25, Utah gubernatorial candidate Spencer Cox traveled to Castle Valley to meet with local residents. It was one leg of his goal to visit all 248 incorporated cities and towns in Utah. While here he and his family toured the town hall and library before making their way to Fire Station 2 to introduce himself and his family to several local residents who were there to meet him.

    He spoke to the group for about 15 minutes then got on the business end of a fire hose to spray some water on a simulated fire.

    Recently, his commercials for governor have been appearing on television and one of the pictures, which was taken at the Castle Valley Fire Station, appears in his TV ad and shows him talking to Denise Lucas on the left and Pat Drake on the right, even though we just see the back of their heads. The picture was shot from the image on the television.

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