We have all bumped up against taboo topics in everyday conversation, at work, in public discourse, and in popular culture. Death is one obvious example. It is difficult for death to get the attention it deserves as a fact of life, so we create forums like “Death Cafés” to talk about it.
A lot of discussion at last week’s Castle Valley Town Council meeting centered on the recent sale of the property at 417 Castle Valley Drive, which is the site of the old ranch house. The property includes the house that was once occupied by John and Anna Pace, the owners of the Pace Brothers Ranch from 1888 to the 1950s and another house where their son-in-law Bert and daughter Ireta Buchanan once lived. This second house is the one the town council describes as a non-conforming second dwelling, which was the topic of discussion.
I got an early peek at the creative packaging the Utah Health Department used on its new batch of condoms distributed to various public and nonprofit health clinics throughout the state. I chuckled at the bright colors and edgy slogans that poked fun at our oft-times backward-thinking state, thinking that perhaps these prophylactics would more likely be used than others that said Trojan.
In December of 2019, a movement started. Like all grand things, “warm the bus up” had humble beginnings. On Dec. 3, the Red Devils boys basketball team handily beat the Monticello Buckaroos 75-50 and a small group of fans chanted “warm the bus up” at the tail end of the game.
It comes around every 10 years, and it’s hard to believe it’s time to participate in another U.S. Census. Below is information from the Federal Trade Commission, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, about the facts and fiction on how the 2020 Census process works. It includes information that people will – and won’t – be asked for, and red flags to help individuals spot and report scams.
I’ve been telling you some stories about my Uncle Nate Knight over the course of the past couple months. It’s the year 2020 now and my dear uncle would have been 100 years old on March 27. He lived a good, exciting and interesting life in many ways, but also lived a life so challenging that most would find it unbearable.
For a small community, Castle Valley has a lot of activities to keep us informed, entertained and healthy. Residents can attend town meetings to keep abreast of how the elected officials run our municipality, witness how the fire department operates, find a good book to read during the cold winter days, enjoy a board game, card game, a lively game of ping pong, or take a hike. The following is a list of activities that can be found in Castle Valley to fulfill the curiosity or interest for most everyone:
The caller didn’t leave his name or phone number. He just wanted to vent and tell us how The Times-Independent is full of “hate-spreading liberals” all because we published a letter from local defense attorney Steve Russell, who – gasp! – harbors liberal views.
The average temperature for December was in line with our available average compilation, according to our official weather observer, Bob Russell. He said our December average high was 39.7 degrees compared with the 40.9 historical average. Our average low was 20.4 degrees compared with 22.6. He said our frigid last three days of single digits in December pulled us down a little. It was a different story with the snow. “We struggled to get a white Christmas with just a trace of snow but our 6.5 inches on the 28th brought our total to 7.6 inches, well above our historical 4.1 inches,” he observed.
According to the National Endowment for Financial Education, 2,000 adults surveyed said they believe having someone to account to who understands their financial goals would help them be more financially successful.
I mentioned in this column a couple of weeks ago that after all of the Christmas merriment that occurred the previous couple of weeks there was still one more party to attend before Christmas.
When I was a youngster, quite a few of the adult men in my life flew airplanes and some of them owned one. My Dad got his pilot license in 1946 while working as a line boy at an FBO over Denver way.