Tuesday, August 4, 2020


Moab, UT

84.6 F

    Ron Drake

    Times-Independent Columnist
    74 POSTS


    Beautiful lightning show has downside

    Other residents either took photos or just watched in awe as the spectacle unfolded before them.

    Fire destroys a Castle Valley home

    Within minutes the first arriving Castle Valley unit found the structure and a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

    COVID-19 strands couple in Castle Valley

    The couple planned to return in mid-May but was told by airport authorities that it would open in June then July and now they are being told possibly August.

    Fourth of July parade a hit with residents

    The parade had about 17 entrants, which was a pretty respectable number for such a small community.

    Helicopter traffic due to Roc Fire

    Since the engines will be carrying an ample amount of water in the parade, some of the firefighters might not be able to contain the urge to spread some of it around to the spectators.

    Opinion: Library to reopen on a limited basis

    Castle Valley Librarian Jenny Haraden announced this week that curbside delivery of books, audiobooks,...

    Where there is smoke there is not always fire

    “On an average day ... 800,000 weather observations are collected from 43 airlines."

    Town Hall will remain closed for now

    The church issued pretty strict guidelines to follow in an effort to keep everyone safe at our meetings this week.

    Opinion: For some, weather is an obsession

    Benjamin Franklin apparently had many quotes, but one is: “Some people are weatherwise, but most are otherwise.”

    Town Council nixes use of gravel pit

    Pamela Gibson and Tory Hill were also sworn in as members of the board and Hill was selected to continue as treasurer for the board.

    Castle Valley Comments

    The area was under a red flag (fire weather) warning for several days this week. Issued by the National Weather Service to firefighters and land management agencies, the warning means conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread of a fire.

    Opinion: Castle Valley first responders called to action

    The Castle Valley Emergency Medical Responders were called out twice during the past several days on recreation related accidents as the tourist season begins to ramp up, which is the result of the easing of restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Column: Castle Valley town building will remain closed

    Many businesses and buildings in the county have been allowed to open with restrictions...

    Opinion: Faylene retires after 13 years of service

    After 13 years of service to the community and Town of Castle Valley, Faylene...

    Cruisin’ Main

    Like everything else, the annual Moab Car Show did not take place this year, but that didn’t stop a handful of locals from driving their classic cars to the Moab Diner.

    Column: Town council grapples with financial shortfall

    Finances dominated the discussion during the regularly scheduled Castle...