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.
I just left the Mosquito Abatement District meeting and all we heard was a lot of excuses. They said they have not sprayed for mosquitos for many years and would not be spraying in Moab City or the general county because they could not afford to. They are a special service district and have taxing authority so why don’t they have enough money? They seem to have enough to pay salaries. Tim Graham suggested maybe they could hand out cans of “OFF.” I am not sure if that was supposed to be funny or serious.
Kudos to the Millcreek Veterinary Clinic for their quick action on Wednesday, May 27, in having the antidote and treating our dogs for antifreeze poisoning, which someone left in the corner of our yard for our dogs to eat. I happened to be outside and saw them eating something and wanting to be sure they were okay.
I have to give thumbs up to the person who wrote in the paper a few weeks ago about putting a ban on overnight rentals. There is no affordable housing here so people can come in to go to work. Every business in town is shorthanded and if this keeps up businesses will have to close because they can’t survive on one shift; they need two shifts to make it worth staying open.
John and I are on our second trip across country this year in a moving truck. Bigger truck this time so we get to hang with the semi trucks at the bigger gas stations, and what I’ve experienced has me extremely scared about Love’s coming to Spanish Valley.
The Moab Citizen’s Climate Lobby would like to invite the attendees to the 4th of July celebration at Swanny Park to visit our information table concerning climate change. We are promoting support for HR 763 – Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
Leaf diseases have become a concern because of the cool, wet weather, as rain provides an efficient way for fungal and bacterial spores to spread. Fungal disease symptoms generally include irregular brown, yellow or black spots on leaves. If left unchecked, branches can also become infected. As the season progresses, the spots may turn into holes in the leaves.
Stephanie and Steven have been married for 19 years and have two sons ages 8 and 6. Steven is an unsuccessful artist and Stephanie is a physician’s assistant. Steven works from home and admits that he has treated his career as an artist more as a hobby than an occupation, he hasn’t earned minimum wage for several years. Stephanie works at a hospital as a physician’s assistant and is the family breadwinner.
“You have some golden rain in your hair,” I told my mom Tuesday after she’d come in from Center Street. I plucked a small yellow blossom from her head and flicked it away. It’s that time of year when the trees that line downtown streets put forth millions of small flowers, making a lemony carpet on sidewalks, inside your car if you leave the windows down, and even on your pate if you linger long on the sidewalks.
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.
By 1930 nearly all the mines in the Ouray, Colorado area had shut down due to the nationwide depression. Apparently, Grandpa Clarence and Grandma Elise decided that they couldn’t make a very good living there anymore. Besides which, they had had enough of the kind of winters that “The Switzerland of America” is known for.
Regarding the article about David Olsen: Ditto. Regarding the letter about back-in parking: Ditto. Regarding the letter about the paint job at the Rotary Park: Ditto.