Castle Valley Comments
June 13, 2013
by Ron Drake
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As it currently stands, there will be no primary and maybe no general election in Castle Valley. Mayor Dave Erley was the only person to file for the mayor’s position before the June 6 deadline and only two people filed for three positions on the Castle Valley Town Council.

Jazmine Duncan filed for one of the four-year council seats and Tory Hill filed for the two-year council seat. The two-year council seat was created as a result of the resignation of Lynn Henry at the beginning of her term and Jazmine Duncan was selected to fill that seat until the next general election, which is occurring this year.

Anyone wishing to file a write-in declaration for candidacy has until Sept. 6 to do so, and if no one comes forward the council can select a person next year to fill the remaining council seat. Unless a bunch of people sign up as write-in candidates or some initiative surfaces in the meantime, the town will save the $2,000 it takes to hold a general election.

The deadline for candidates to file for the Castle Valley Fire Protection District has come and gone and two residents have filed for the two seats on the three-person commission. Bob Russell and Leta Vaughn filed for the two seats currently held by board chairman Dave Vaughn and treasurer Ron Mengel. There will be no primary or general election for the fire district this year either, unless someone files as a write-in candidate.


A reminder of the Spring Chipper Days, which will be held in Castle Valley starting next Tuesday, June 18 through 20. Registration is required with the state Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands by calling Alison Lerch at 435-210-0362 or Mike Harris at 435-210-4328.

They are accepting only green or dry brush and tree sections up to 10 inches in diameter, and they ask that the material be piled along driveways or roads with the butt-end at a 90 degree angle. The material will be chipped in piles on your property and you do not need to be present when the chipper arrives. This is an excellent opportunity to clear your property of dead or diseased trees and for thinning the trees around your house or other buildings as the wildfire season is upon us. The recent high temperatures, with low humidity and strong winds, is a perfect recipe for wildfires in our area.


I recently ran across an old photo of me when I was about 4 years old sitting on the grass of our local park with my brother, mother, grandmother and a family friend my age, Betty Jean Taylor. We would go to Grape Day Park quite often during the summer months for a picnic and to cool off from the heat of the season. We didn’t have grass around our country home and little farm east of Escondido, Calif., so a trip into town to the park was a real treat.

Sometimes we would go the 30-some miles to the coast and usually spend the day at Oceanside, just off the old Highway 101, and enjoy the day at the beach near the pier, where we waded in the cool surf or enjoyed playing in the sand.

Behind the family in the picture at Grape Day Park is a large round fountain that always intrigued me. It was built out of native rock with a little raised pool in the middle where water would spill over into the larger pool of the fountain. I don’t know when it was built, but it looks like something that would be built during the depression years by the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

I sent the picture in to a group site on Facebook where people who grew up in Escondido send in pictures and reminisce about the good old days of our youth growing up there. I have received a lot of feedback from those who remember the great old park and the fountain. The fountain is still there after all these years but is now filled with dirt, probably out of liability fears.

I now watch my grandkids growing up and am pleased that they are forming fun memories of their summer activities in Moab.

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