Castle Valley Comments
April 11, 2013
by Ron Drake
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There is still time to sign up for the Castle Valley Farms Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program before the deadline of April 12. Michael Peck is urging Castle Valley residents to take advantage of the fresh organic produce, which is available throughout the growing season and features a wide variety of fruit and vegetables for 18 to 20 weeks beginning on June 6 this year.

Those who sign up will pick up their baskets of food at the Castle Valley Farms on Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m., unless other arrangements are made. A single share, which will feed approximately two people, will cost $250, and a double share will cost $450. According to Peck, locals can save on gas, time going into town and on food prices for those who are not growing their own produce.

Whether people want to join the CSA or not, everyone is invited to join them at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12, for a CSA farm tour. The Castle Valley Farm is a division of the Day Star Adventist Academy. Come and meet the friendly and gracious folks at the Castle Valley Farm.

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Castle Valley Town Clerk Ali Fuller wants to remind folks of the Castle Valley Arbor Day celebration at the Castle Valley Town Community Center on Saturday, April 27.

“Come celebrate plants, trees and seeds with us,” she says, and “bring seeds for a seed exchange!” The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include a native plant walk, tea and cookies and tree planting.

Zack Collings, the race director for the Red Rock Relay, notified the town of a state Route 128 road closure next month. They will be holding their annual Moab running event on Saturday, May 11, and they will be passing through Castle Valley on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road between 9 a.m. and noon. They will also be closing SR 128 between the mouth of the canyon in Moab and the Castle Valley turnoff in both directions between 6 and 9:30 a.m. The race organizers want to give the community of Castle Valley plenty of advance notice to avoid frustration due to delays, they said.

Officials of the Grand County Solid Waste Special Service District notified the town that they are going to revisit the issue regarding canceling the annual spring cleanup day in the valley. It is unclear if the solid waste board is having second thoughts on the annual event, but they will meet to decide on Thursday, April 11, at 4 p.m. at the recycling center on Sand Flats Road in Moab. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, especially if you want to voice your opinion on the matter.

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The nightly closures of SR 128 began last Monday and will continue Sunday nights through Thursdays until May 3. The hours of closure will be from 11:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

During the next week, work will consist of setting bent caps and girders for the pedestrian bridges. The night time closures will be in place to allow for the crane to set bridge girders. Bent caps will be set during the daytime during the one-way closures. As mentioned before in this column, any and all emergencies during the full nighttime closures will be handled only through 911 dispatch. They will be in direct contact with the contractor to allow responders access through the canyon.

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It is hard to believe but it has been 10 years this week since the Castle Valley Fire Department first toured their new fire station during their regular training meeting. At that point, a few minor details needed to be completed before they could begin moving equipment into the building. The column stated “the building will have plenty of room for four vehicles and also has a bathroom with a shower and a storage room with additional storage above that room.” The building has been an asset to the community because of its central location and quicker response to homes in the valley. It has also served the community for the gourd festival and other social events and meetings.

The building was constructed with funds provided from a grant from the Utah State Permanent Community Impact Board (CIB) and was the first building on the town lot provided by a lease agreement with the town. A public open house the following month saw many of the Castle Valley citizens touring the building and viewing the equipment while enjoying sandwiches and drinks. The building will continue to be a resource for residents for social events and in the event of emergencies for decades to come.

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