Castle Valley Comments – Feb. 13, 2020

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.

Castle Valley Comments: Jan. 23, 2020

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.

Castle Valley Comments: Jan. 16, 2019

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:

Castle Valley Comments: Jan. 9, 2019

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.