Castle Valley Comments
September 6, 2018
by Ron Drake
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The Castle Valley photo group has been meeting monthly for over two and a half years and the group is still going strong showing their assigned photo images for review each month. Bill Rau and Tom Haraden lead the group in their discussions and present a lesson on the next assignment. About a year ago, each of the group chose one of their favorite images and had them printed and framed and they were put on display at the Castle Valley Library in the town hall followed by a formal viewing presented by the library.

The photo group is preparing another showing and presentation of their favorite pictures during the library’s monthly program in November. Everyone with all levels of photo skills is welcome to join the group as they meet the first Monday of the month at the library. Twelve people were at the last meeting as they viewed the assigned photo assignment of shadows. It is interesting to see the variety of creative ideas the members of the group come up with as they fulfill their assignments.

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Two yoga classes are currently happening at the town hall for people in the valley. Every Tuesday at 3 p.m. a yoga class series is already in progress that requires a sign-up and a fee with the funds going toward the purchase of mats and other equipment for future yoga classes at the town hall. Another group meets every Saturday at 9 a.m. and it is a “drop-in” affair where there is no reservation required and people can just come whenever they want. A donation for each class is requested.

There are still two part-time job offers available at the town. The position of building permit agent is open for Castle Valley residents who would like a part-time job to administer the process of approving building permits and other related services. A position is still open for a building maintenance person to mow lawns, pull weeds and do general maintenance around the town hall property. Interested persons can contact Town Clerk Jocelyn Buck during business hours.

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Floyd Stoughton continues to improve while undergoing physical therapy at Moab Regional Hospital this week. His plight began Monday afternoon, Aug. 27 while at home. He was out in his yard doing chores when he tripped and fell and landed on a rock, which broke the socket in his hip. He lay there for several hours calling out for help when he heard somebody nearby that might be able to hear him. Finally, Scott Stoddard, who lives across the street, was out in his yard when he thought he could hear someone yelling for help. Stoddard walked across the street and knocked on the front door of Floyd’s house but his wife didn’t know where he was, so he began to walk back home when he heard a call for help again. That is when Stoddard saw Floyd lying out in his yard and took steps to get medical help rolling to the scene.

Castle Valley medical responders arrived first, followed by an emergency medical paramedic from Moab and then a Grand County EMS ambulance from Moab, and he was transported to Moab Regional Hospital. He was later transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where he underwent surgery to mend his hip. He was transported back to Moab last Saturday where he is receiving physical therapy to rehabilitate his hip. He is walking around with the aid of a walker and he is sitting up in a chair during his down time.

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Twenty-five years ago this week, this column reported that the Castle Valley Fire Department accepted a 1977 three-quarter ton Dodge truck to replace an older 1950s model military truck. The new equipment was an army surplus vehicle that was acquired by the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands who in turn released it to the fire department. Many of the fire department’s fire apparatus was acquired over the years under that program known as the Federal Excess Personal Property. The fire-fighting equipment was taken off of the older truck and put on the newer unit and was used as a quick-attack unit to supplement the 1,200-gallon pumper/tanker. Both of those engines have since been replaced as the department strives to upgrade equipment to provide the best service with a limited budget.

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