The burn window in Grand County has opened as of Nov. 1 after it was postponed by the county fire warden because of the hazardous fire conditions that existed. However, burning in Castle Valley is still not allowed because of Castle Valley Town Ordinance 2007-6.
I was saddened to hear of the death of Marjorie Stucki last week. She died in her sleep at her home in Payson, Utah. She and husband Richard along with five of their eight children were early residents of Castle Valley River Ranchos, having arrived to the valley in June of 1976.
One item on the agenda of the Castle Valley Town Council during the regular monthly meeting, which was held Oct. 16, had to do with the temporary donation of a metal art piece.
The Castle Valley Medical first responders were paged out twice last week for incidents that were outside the town boundaries. During the early afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 12 a motorcyclist lost control of his bike while traveling down the Castle Valley side of the Loop Road. The 38-year-old male rider was with a group of eight other motorcyclist from Idaho when the accident occurred. As he was traveling down in the area of the hairpin curves he encountered loose gravel and lost control when he drove over the gravel.
Next Saturday, Oct 19, Castle Valley will be celebrating one of the most remarkable and versatile vegetables – the hard-shell gourd – during the annual Castle Valley Gourd Festival. The event, which draws gourd enthusiast from all parts of the country, will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 3 p.m. Gourd artists are asked to register for a free booth space by calling organizer Ruth Brown at 435-259-0537 and they can start setting up at 8 am. There will be something for all ages there.
Hollan Moore of Castle Valley shipped out this week for a six-month deployment to the Middle East. As an Air Force reservist with the 67th Aerial Port Squadron, which is attached to the 419 Fighter Wing of Hill Air Force Base, this is his second deployment.
Several items of business were discussed during the regular monthly meeting of the Castle Valley Town Council, which was held Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the town hall.
Over three weeks after the Castle Valley area and the rest of the county experienced a widespread power outage, people are still discovering effects from the surge that occurred when the electricity was restored.
I can’t remember exactly when I first met Floyd Stoughton. It was probably sometime in 1985 when he began building his house on Shafer Lane. But whenever it was, I’ve enjoyed our association and friendship for these last many years
The power outage Aug. 28 was more widespread than just Castle Valley – and the surge that came when the lights came back on did some damage.
Longtime resident David Earl Hotz died last Saturday morning, Aug. 24, from complications associated with the onset of cancer. He was 64 years old and was the youngest child of Earl and Nettie Hotz. Dave was born in Grand Junction but his family moved to different mining or lumber camps frequently until they ended up in Gateway, Colorado before finally moving to Moab for the warmer climate. His father, Earl, got a job at the ranch in Castle Valley before it was subdivided and became the Castle Valley River Ranchos. As a result, his family moved to Castle Valley during the early 1970s and he attended Moab schools.
Fifty years ago last week the nation witnessed one of the most iconic events in history when over 400,000 people descended on a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. The event was billed as an Aquarian Exposition, which featured three days of peace and music, but it was more commonly known as the Woodstock Music Festival.