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    Men donned wooden masks and numerous layers of sweatshirts and ponchos then proceeded to hit each other with whips as they danced around the town square.
    Ron Drake
    Ron Drake
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    Castle Valley Librarian Jenny Haraden announced this week that curbside delivery of books, audiobooks, movies or magazines will be available at the Castle Valley Library starting July 1. The service will be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

    How the system works, according to the announcement, is “first find and place holds using your new 14-digit library card (don’t have one? Email Jenny or call the Moab Library at 435-259-1111). Then select your preferred pick-up location (choose Castle Valley Library). When you receive notification that your items are available, email Jenny to schedule a pick-up time in Castle Valley. Your items will be available on a table outside the library at the specified time.”

    If you have questions email Jenny at, call the Moab Library or she also invites anyone to call her at home at 435-259-5846 if they have any questions.

    Since parties and pandemics don’t go together, The Friends of the Castle Valley Fire Department is sponsoring just a parade only on Saturday, July 4. This event will be in place of the traditional pancake breakfast and the festivities that have accompanied the party in the past. The parade will feature the fire engines and equipment from the fire department, but they also invite everyone to join in with a vehicle only. For the safety of everyone, the fire department requests no walkers or bicycles. Participants and viewers are encouraged to decorate.

    The parade route will be from Keogh Lane to the town hall and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to line up along Castle Valley Drive. The Friends of Castle Valley Fire Department reminds us to keep social distancing and that masks are a sign of respect and to wear them when you are in groups. Anyone with questions can contact Susan Halliday at 435-259-4606 or

    There was no public comment during the Castle Valley Town Council public hearing last week on the tentative budget for the fiscal year 2021. But during the regular council meeting there was a lot of discussion among the council about how to manage the uncertainty of not knowing how much income the town will actually receive. The original budget projected a 30% loss in revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but last-minute projections from the county and state painted a much rosier picture of what the town can expect for operating income.

    As a result, the council approved the total operating budget income and expenses of $218,647, which is over $34,500 more than originally planned. The amended budget spread the extra funds to other categories where money had been originally cut, but most notably added nearly $20,000 for roads as a capital fund project for gravel.

    Town Treasurer Tory Hill said she didn’t want to put it in the general fund for roads then tell the road department to not spend it because of the uncertainty of the situation. “It is a guessing game,” Hill said about the budget and the whole situation.

    The council also approved the Fiscal Year 2021 tax rate, approved the appointment of Mayor Jazmine Duncan to the Grand County Economic Development Advisory Board, and appointed two people to the planning and land use commission. Ryan Anderson was appointed to a full term on the PLUC and Steven Curtis was appointed to fill a position that was vacated by another person. There were two other applicants for the openings on the PLUC.

    The town council also adopted Ordinance 2000-1 regulating excavation and construction within the public right-of-way, which would cause the blocking or interference of a road. The contractor will have to put up a security bond based on certain criteria before construction.

    A 2% cost of living adjustment was approved for town employees. During previous discussions, the council was leaning toward not approving the raise right now, but they all said they didn’t like the feel of it and expressed concerns that the employees wouldn’t feel valued.

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