Castle Valley Comments – July 4, 2019

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.

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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.