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.
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.
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.
The Castle Valley Town Council held its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 19 and discussed several items of business that were on the agenda.
Last week this column made reference to a committee with a mission to explore the possibility of turning our community of Castle Valley into an incorporated town.
There was a lot of public clamor in the valley 35 years ago this month when the Bureau of Land Management and Conoco Petroleum Company announced a proposed exploratory well at the base of Parriott Mesa just off the Pace Hill Road. Much of the agenda of the Castle Valley Property Owners Association monthly meeting was devoted to a question and answer session with officials from the BLM and Conoco. The BLM district manager stated that written comment would be accepted and a decision would be made 35 years ago this week.
The membership of the Castle Valley Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sustained new leadership during their meeting last Sunday, Feb. 6 and released the existing branch presidency.
Five members of the Castle Valley Fire Department attended Winter Fire School in St. George this past weekend. The Utah Fire and Rescue Academy sponsor the annual event, which is in association with Utah Valley University.
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.
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 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.
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.