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|Rights Holder||Jack Campbell and Cris Coffey, Castle Valley, Utah|
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|Paper||Castle Valley Times|
CASTLE VALLEY NEWSLETTER WARMING TIMES Castle Valley, Utah - Volume I, Number 3 - April 15, 1992 Earth Day, April 22nd A new C.V. resident shares his ideas about Earth Day. Anti-pollution efforts in the US. have been celebrated annually on Earth Day since 1970—this year on Wednesday, April 22. Take a deep breath that morning. Likely you’ll smell sage and rabbit brush, dew-dampened red dirt, and sheep manure. We are lucky to live in a unique, relatively pollution—free CALL FOR ARTISTS Moab Recycling Center is sponsoring its First Annual Junk Art Sculpture Contest on Earth Day. Turn a creative eye to that trash you're gathering for clean-up day and make it art. Nice if a Castle Valleyer could bring home a prize. Info from Nicholas Brown at 8772. - Budding Reporters Colorado River almost to Willow Basin in the La Sal Mountains. Explosive charges will be set every 200 to 300 feet along this line. BLM says these blasts are to be detonated and recorded separately. This will involve at least several weeks of disturbance, for just this one line. Because some of these charges will be placed with drilling equipment from helicopters, we will hear not only the blasts, but also the helicopter noise. island of tranquility, and there are myriad opportunities to honor Earth Day founder Barry Commoner’s central doctrine: that we can enjoy the fruits of science and industry without destroying the tree of life. Earth Day began as a warning and a wake—up call, bringing “ecology” and “environmentalism” into social and political consciousness. A few thoughts about what we can do every day to celebrate the earth: - Walk. Ride your horse, share rides with friends and neighbors. We must reduce the amount of poisons we spew from the little black pipe at the back of the car. Take a ﬂashlight and look up a tail pipe. Now wipe your finger ‘round the inside. Do you want your children breathing this stuff? - Those big green bags on the Seism1c Proposals Three additional seismic lines have just been proposed for Castle Valley and surrounding area, as well as the original two lines mentioned in the last issue of the newsletter. Sounds like we’re in for a noisy, disruptive sum- mer. weeks earlier about the proposal, but we did not hear from them until after they knew we had been told about it by BLM prescribes for the helicopter overﬂights is going to be crucial. Another potential impact is what effect this and subsequent drilling for SUWA. Seismic work involves measuring the various rock strata beneath us by setting off explosive charges and wood, paper, and food. In some places, sound reﬂections from that far underground they have to use some rather substantial explosives. To get the feel for the scope of this work: the first line will run from White’s Ranch on the means, we know how to do it. ‘Nuff said. - The most horrendous types of pollution are the wastes of the war industry. You downwinders may recall the events of December 1965 when nine kids in Washington County, Utah, were found to have high concentrations of iodine-131 massed in their thyroid glands as a result of drinking milk produced by cows grazing on Nevada test-site-polluted grass. Don’t let this happen again. Ever. We must demand of our governments and industries that the manufacture of weapons of geno— and from just above Willow Basin over to the Dolores. Even though these will have less impact on us than the ﬁrst line, the helicopters servicing these lines will probably be based some- recording the sound reﬂections from throw away. Recycle. We know what it tain, and continue over to Fisher Mesa. Other lines will run from Fisher Towers to North Beaver Mesa, from Wilson Mesa through the Fisher Valley Ranch, Just as the last issue of the newsletter was being published, SUWA told us about two seismic lines proposed for our area. BLM could have told us porch. What’s in them? Probably a lot of good, re-usable metal, plastic, glass, folks would kill to have what you Another line will run from Porcupine Rim, around Round Moun- thousands of feet underground. To get where around us. What conditions oil and gas might have on our drinking water. All our drinking water comes from water tables that could be contaminated by improper drilling techniques. This would be permanent, irreversible damage. While it’s not “likely” that this would happen, the burden should be on them to prove that it won’t hurt our water, rather than on us to prove that it will. Cont. on Page 4 Easter Celebration! The Annual Castle Valley Easter Celebration1s this Sunday at 1: 30 p.m. at the Town Lot. We will have egg hunts for various age groups, so make sure your youngest children are on time to hunt first. The egg dying party for children will be at Joan and Mara’ s barn on Friday the 17th from 3 to 5 p.m.; adults, same place from 7: 30 to 10 p.m. that evening (to make those very special unpreviewed eggs). BYOHE—bring hard- boiled eggs and any decorations you want to use. This party is potluck. There will be a fire pit and tables. Please BYOB, BYOC (chairs), and BYOU (utensils, plates). Please no dogs. cide—nuclear, biological, chemical, Toilets will be provided. A work party is gathering on the 18th to burn tumbleweed and conventional (what’s conventional about killing kids?) be terminated. Now. —John Flahie generally clean up the lot. Set-up will take place Sunday am. with tables, game courts, and egg hiding. Your help in any of these areas would be appreciated. Call Joan at 259—5542.