By Teresa HunsakerUSU Extension
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues here in Castle Valley as well as the rest of the world, life seems to be going on pretty much as normal despite the inconveniences. Town Clerk Jocelyn Buck commented that a positive aspect of the situation is that it is so quiet right now because there are not a lot of cars speeding along Castle Valley Drive and she is able to hear the birds sing.
The days and months seem irrelevant now, looking into a future controlled not by humans but by a germ that has touched the entire world and devastated lives.
A glance at Main Street on Monday, or at the entrance to Arches National Park, is evidence that our visitors don’t want to believe there is a pandemic that could sicken themselves and kill others. Moab has always been a place for escape. That’s why many people choose to live here, and it’s what attracts so many others to leave the maddening crowds of their own homes in Denver, Salt Lake, Aspen, Paris and Tokyo, even if it’s just for vacation.
I wrote the following a few weeks ago:
Local officials have dodged the painful decision to implement extremely cautious regulations to guard against the spread of coronavirus in southeastern Utah.
Because of the extreme weather conditions that existed last fall, many residents were not able to do their fall burning of tree limbs and other yard debris, so many are anxious to get it done this spring. The process for obtaining a permit has changed this year. You can no longer call the Grand County Sheriff’s office to obtain permission to burn but you can go online to fill out a burn permit application.
How do you convince children to eat their food? You might say, “Think of all the children starving in poor countries and how lucky you are to have food.” If you want to get ahead in the social world, you might argue, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” You may believe that you should be able to express yourself, say what’s on your mind, and promote your own goals. If so, your orientation is fairly typical for Americans.
There has been a lot of attention in the media lately about the outbreak of the coronavirus. As of this week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) consider the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to be a very serious public health threat.
There’s a fine line between letting people know there is a superbug zooming around the planet getting people sick — and even killing some of them — and sparking mass hysteria.
I was most recently telling you about the Miller family who lived here in Thompson Springs for about 40 years, from the 1940s to the 1980s. Ted and Nana were like my other parents while I was growing up. Wonderful folks they were! I’ll never quit missing them.
The Castle Valley Town Council held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19 and discussed several items of business that were on the agenda.