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.
The Castle Valley Town Council held its last public meeting of the year on Dec. 18. It was also the last meeting for Council Member Alice Drogin, as her term in office expires at the end of the year. She was honored during the meeting with a certificate of appreciation and a certificate for a night out on the town.
I’ve heard nothing but praise a day after the 50th annual DayStar Adventist Academy Christmas program. The evening began with a delicious supper featuring a homemade variety of soups and salads with breads, crackers and desserts. All of the ingredients for the dishes were grown on the Castle Valley Farm, which is also part of the school and prepared with loving hands by the DayStar staff.
Fire departmentThe members of the Castle Valley Fire Department were called to action last Thursday, Dec. 5 to help find a missing person. A resident on Shafer Lane called a fire department member for help to find an 83-year-old man with dementia who had wandered off from home he has been in. Ella Sabodski has been the caregiver for this man for the past 10 years and lately he has been wandering off when no one is looking.
We are entering the holiday season when folks in Castle Valley will be hosting Christmas parties and other festivities to celebrate the season.
A public hearing and the regular monthly meeting of the Castle Valley Town Council were held Nov 21. The meeting was held one day later than normal because two members of the town council were in Green River to attend a meeting of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources’ Regional Advisory Council meeting and there would not be a quorum present for the town council meeting.
The Castle Valley Fire Department was called twice last week to assist Grand County Search and Rescue. Last Thursday, Dec 14, GCSAR was paged out to retrieve a woman from a ridge between Ida Gulch and Professor Valley known as Sister Superior.
The Castle Valley Fire Department has eight fire engines. Some are specific to structure fires and others are intended for wildland fires. All but one was purchased used and most were purchased from funds that were provided by grants.
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.