Late one evening last week, Roni Hemsley was driving home from work. About halfway between Chamisa Lane and Rim Shadow Lane on Castle Valley Drive a young bear appeared from the side of the road and before she knew it, they were proceeding side by side up the road until the bear finally turned off. She was rather surprised about the experience and also about how small the bear was.
The Second Annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast, which is sponsored by the Castle Valley Fire Department, was another success, according to Susan Halliday, who coordinated the event.
The Castle Valley Fire Department recently completed a Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan for the Wildland/Urban Interface where we live. This plan was last updated over ten years ago, but should be updated every five years as circumstances change. This plan is normally completed by the State Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, but for a while there has not been an employee in the position that does the work. Several months of work by the fire department and more specifically Commissioner Leta Vaughn was required to complete the document before a public hearing and a special fire commissioner meeting last month. The Castle Valley fire commissioners approved the plan during that special meeting June 26 at Fire Station 2.
Hannah Pearl Owen has joined an elite group of Castle Valley young men and women who will go on to achieve great things after high school. Miss Owen was selected by the Castle Valley Town Council during their regular monthly meeting last week to receive the annual Castle Valley Scholarship.
Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox recently filed his declaration to run for governor of Utah during the next election. He intends to visit every incorporated city and town in the state during the next several months preceding the election in November. As a result of that commitment he will visit Moab next Tuesday, June 25 and after spending the night he will travel to Castle Valley to visit with the residents here.
Joe Auer of Castle Valley is recuperating at home after a harrowing near-death experience last month. Auer, an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, rock climbing, bicycling and other sports was participating in one of his favorite pastimes, which is the perilous sport of base jumping.
Frontier Communications notified members of the Castle Valley Fire Department and town officials last week that the phone service would be down May 30 at midnight. The outage was to last up to four hours and residents could still call within the valley and use 911 for emergencies.
My grandmother used to refer to this past holiday as Decoration Day. It was originally the day that Americans decorated the graves of Civil War veterans and eventually, as other wars broke out, it included the decoration of graves of veterans from all of the wars. Today Americans use the three-day Memorial Day holiday to travel, camp or generally just recreate in some form or another. Moab seems to be a Memorial Day destination as evidenced by the traffic that was backed up past the intersection of Highway 191 and SR 128 last Sunday. Pat and I tried to maneuver our way to Moab through the jungle of traffic to witness the seminary graduation of a grandson.
The monthly meeting of the Castle Valley Town Council, which was held May 15, covered a lot of agenda items, but much of the discussion centered on the potentially hazardous fire season coming up.
When members of the Castle Valley Fire Department respond to a structure fire they are required to wear self-contained breathing apparatus, in addition to their 45-pound structure turnout gear.
During an emergency meeting of the Castle Valley Town Council last Friday, May 3, members voted to hire a groundskeeper for the town hall. Eileen Muza of Cisco was hired during the meeting to maintain the grounds around the town hall that is currently overgrown with the recent explosion of weeds.
A lightning strike near the corner of Castle Valley Drive and Castle Creek Lane last Saturday evening, April 27, struck a poplar tree and caused a fire. Neighbors who were driving by at the time alerted the property owner, who in turn called the Grand County Sheriff’s dispatch office for help.