Castle Valley Comments
April 18, 2013
by Ron Drake
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There has been a lot said and written over the last few days about the horrible and senseless terrorist bombings at the Boston Marathon. But for Castle Valley’s Ranna Bieschke, the thought of it really breaks her heart.

“That run is near and dear to me,” she said, “I’ve run it.”

She said people participate in the race one way or another to celebrate being healthy, vibrant and alive and she finds the whole thing sad, sickening, and senseless.

Bieschke is very familiar with the marathon, having run the course in 1997, and having watched her sister run the race in 2008. She returned later that year to watch the Olympic marathon trials being held in Boston and both times sat in the very bleachers where the explosion occurred last Monday. Her goal now is to qualify for the Boston Marathon and run it one more time next year. She said it is one way to keep doing what we do without fear of terrorism altering our lives.


Castle Valley Mayor Dave Erley and Castle Valley Road Manager Greg Halliday attended last week’s meeting of the Grand County Solid Waste District board and reported that it looks like the annual spring cleanup in Castle Valley will happen as usual this spring. Many of the details of the cleanup have not yet been worked out.

Last year, the cleanup went way over budget, due partly because of illegal dumping of household garbage and the disposal of tree limbs, leaves and other burnable debris. Mayor Erley said that whoever is dumping household garbage is putting the whole service in jeopardy, referring to someone seen dumping “a year’s worth of garbage” last year. There will be a better screening process this year, according to Mayor Erley.

Erley said the town officials had a good dialog with the solid waste board and whatever comes about will be fair and equitable compared with the rest of the county. As such, Castle Valley residents will probably be given a voucher for one truck load, but there might be a charge for additional loads. He suggested bringing fewer burnable items because they take up so much room and require more dumpsters and trips to the landfill. Besides burning limbs, the State Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is scheduled to bring its chipper to the valley in May and clean limbs can be chipped into mulch. There is no date set yet for the spring cleanup.


There will be four vacant positions on the Castle Valley Town Council next year and the time period to file for candidacy is only about six weeks away. According to state law, people wishing to file for one of the open positions must file with the town clerk between June 1 and June 17 during regular business hours. In Castle Valley, the filing days would begin June 3 and end June 17 at noon, which is when the town office closes on Mondays.

The mayor position, which is held by Dave Erley, expires at the end of this year, along with three council positions – those currently held by Brooke Williams, Tory Hill, and Jazmine Duncan. Duncan was appointed to fill the term of Lynn Henry June 7, 2012, when Henry resigned the seat for medical reasons. That seat will be for a two-year term to put it back on the regular rotating schedule.


It was reported last week that state Route 128 would be closed down during the morning of May 11 to allow for the Annual Moab Redrock Relay. In an email to Castle Valley Town Clerk Ali Fuller this week, race director Zack Collings said that he “just found out that the Utah Highway Patrol and Utah Department of Transportation decided not to close the canyon road after all. However, we ask that you let your people know to expect major delays in the canyon from 7 a.m. to noon on May 11.”

Teams of six will start at sunrise at Moab’s Swanny City Park and run relay style through nearly 70 miles of backcountry. They will go up the canyon on the River Road (SR 128) to the Castleton Road, through Castleton and across the La Sal Mountains on the La Sal Loop Road, through Spanish Valley and back to the park in Moab before dark.

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