Castle Valley Comments: Aug. 29, 2019

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.

Castle Valley Comments – Aug. 8, 2019

Our weather has been a little cooler lately as compared to the last couple of years, according to Bob Russell, our official weather observer. Russell says, “Our July was just slightly cooler than 2017 and 2018 by one to two degrees. Based on 2017-18, we can expect another drop of one to two degrees in August. Precipitation was expectantly low at 0.17 inches total for July and based upon the records will remain below an inch in August.”

Castle Valley Comments – Aug. 1, 2019

Thirty-five years ago this week, this column reported on a fire in Castle Valley which was reported to Castle Valley Fire Chief John McGann at his home. Children who lived near the end of Shafer Lane spotted a fire in a storage shed on the campus of the Castle Valley Institute (now the DayStar Adventist Academy) and called the telephone operator to report the fire. The operator, who apparently thought it was a prank call, either hung up on the oldest daughter who made the call or maybe put her on hold, but either way, the kids decided to go to Plan B. They ran a quarter-mile down the road to Chief McGann’s home to report the fire personally. The fire was quickly extinguished as a result of the children’s quick action.

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.