Meeker gridders lose non-league opener to Rye by one point, 17-16

Cowboy senior Devon Pontine caught three passes from sophomore quarterback Logan Hughes against the Thunderbolts in Rye last week, including a two-point conversion. Pontine also carried the ball once and had 10 tackles on defense. Pontine and the Cowboys will play against the Roaring Fork Rams in Carbondale on Friday.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School football team opened the season in southeastern Colorado, and although the Cowboys lost 17-16 to the Rye Thunderbolts in a non-league contest, the coaching staff is excited about the team’s potential. The Cowboys will play closer to home Friday but will be on the road once again as they […]

Crocodiles open four days of fun at Rangely Septemberfest on Friday

Hundreds will gather Sunday at the Rangely Museum for its annual ice cream social, featuring various ice cream flavors made by Rangely residents.

RANGELY I Fall in Rangely means the celebration of three important events; hunting season, a new school year and Septemberfest. Septemberfest is put on by the Western Rio Blanco Parks and Recreation District, and for WRBM Executive Director Tim Webber, the best part of the celebration is watching people connect.

Gun range clean-up…

Rangely residents joined town employee Jeff LeBleu and a front-end loader to clean the shooting range just off of Blue Mountain Road on Saturday. In four hours, workers filled two 30-yard dumpsters provided by Rangely Trash Service (RTS). Debris ranged from shot-up televisions and appliances to a dilapidated snowmobile. Rangely Mayor Frank Huitt, who organized the cleanup, said RTS, the Town of Rangely and the Rio Blanco County commissioners were instrumental in the project’s completion.

Cowboy entertainer, duck herding are new features at Meeker Classic

Long-time Meeker sheepdog handler and competitor Dawn Boyce will orchestrate her “Ducks in Space” production in Meeker this year.  Showing off her border collie talent and instinct, Boyce will entertain the crowd with her dogs all the way from Georgia and their duck-herding skills.

MEEKER I Once a year in September, border collies, handlers and sheepdog enthusiasts converge in Meeker for the annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials, offering five days of fun for everyone. The dogs are the main attraction, but weekend highlights showcase two attractions you don’t want to miss. Award-winning Western entertainer, singer/songwriter and storyteller Gary McMahan […]

New teachers in Rangely…

The Rangely School District has six new certified teachers within the district this school year, from left to right are: fourth grade teacher Kayla Newbanks; fifth grade teachers Corey Hale; third grade teacher Matthew Hunteer; high school English teacher Brandon Bremer; first grade teacher Rebecca Moseley; and kindergarten instructor Annette Heil. Classes began Monday at Rangely Junior/Senior High School and Wednesday at Parkview Elementary School.

J.C. Watt wins Meeker Men’s Club golf title for third straight year

Irv Griffin, left, had a good weekend of golf at the Meeker Men’s Club Championship as he captured first place in the second flight, but he also turned in the first sub-par score of his life. J.C. Watt, right, also had another good tournament over the two days of the tournament, having won the championship flight for the third straight year.

MEEKER I “The camaraderie is what made it,” Meeker Men’s Club President Larin Crase said about the reason so many enjoyed men’s club in Meeker this summer. “Everyone showed up and we had a shotgun start each Wednesday, instead of everyone playing at different times during the day,” he said.

Panther volleyball…

Broadband groundbreaking…

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday in Meeker Town Park to mark the start of the Rio Blanco County-wide construction on a broadband Internet system for all parts of the county. Speaking to roughly 40 people present were, from left, county Economic Development Director Katelin Cook; county IT Coordinator Blake Mobley; County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson; Alex Thorquist of network operator; and Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros. All spoke of the importance of this project to Rio Blanco County and what it will mean for economic development and everyday life in the county.

Strawberry Fire scorches 130 acres, 12 vehicles; homes saved

Just about an hour after first being reported, the grasslands around the Onea Miller and Grant Rozier residences are entrenched in smoke and fire, about 3.5 miles north of Highway 64 on County Road 7. Miraculously, despite the fact that nearly everything in this photo was scorched black, neither one of the homes was damaged despite flames coming within feet of the structures.

MEEKER I A spark from a lightning strike may have lain dormant until high winds stirred an inferno Thursday afternoon as a quickly moving, wind-pushed fire scorched 130 acres of private land and one-tenth of an acre of BLM land on its way to some heavy property damage just off County Road 7.

Coryell team claims victory at Cowboy Classic golf tourney

The defending champions of the annual Cowboy Kickoff Classic golf tournament all gave credit to the golf cart for their inspiration to defend their title. The champions were Jim Abshire (holding granddaughter Hadley), Matt Dupire, Andy Coryell (holding son Casey) and Eben Abshire (with son Westley).

MEEKER I “We were excited for everybody who came out to support our football team,” Meeker High School head football coach Shane Phelan said after the annual Cowboy Kickoff Classic golf tournament.

Rangely gridders begin practice; team will be young, experienced

RANGELY I “It’s way too early to tell, but everyone has bought in,” Rangely head football coach Paul Fortunato said during his first night of practice on Monday.

The champions…

Ace Trucking capped off an undefeated coed softball season with a team title in the season-ending tournament Tuesday night at Paintbrush Park. Ace Trucking entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and defeated No. 2 seeded New Creation Church in the championship. Pictured are: Emerson and Meredith Deming; Shiloh, Sawyer and Jody May; Ivy Coryell; Bailey Atwood; Brian Merrifield; Ron Kelly Crawford; Donald and Winter Blazon; and Obie Deming. Finley Deming, Clay Randall and Jake Blazon are in front with the trophy.

2-point conversion makes the difference as Panthers win, 8-6

RANGELY I The Rangely High School football Panthers opened their gridiron season in Del Norte, where they overcame several mistakes and won the game 8-6. The Panthers will travel again, this time to Mancos, for a game Friday.

Ice cream contest entries due Friday

RANGELY I Area ice cream makers are reminded that those who plan to enter the ice cream-making contest must have their entries in by Friday at 5 p.m. First prize for the contest is $125, second place is $75 and third prize is $50. For further information or to enter the ice cream social, contact […]

From My Window: Looking toward Septemberfest and Broncos, not cold; fire dancers great

Summer may be winding down, but it will be a while yet until the event calendar in Rio Blanco County quiets down. Starting Friday of this week in Rangely is the four-day Septemberfest fall celebration, which takes place over the Labor Day weekend, wrapping up with a busy Monday of fun.

Nine candidates running for Meeker school board

MEEKER I Nine candidates for the Meeker Board of Education have filed qualifying petitions with school district election official Janelle Urista. The deadline for the return of completed petitions was Aug. 27.

Community Calendar: Aug. 3-9

• Open house today. Kari Brennan, a registered dental hygienist, is opening a new business, White River Dental Hygiene, located at 73521 Hwy. 64 outside Meeker, just past Kum & Go. The open house will run from 6-8 p.m., and the Meeker Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. There will […]

Classifieds: September 3, 2015

Ads for 09/03/15 **ANNOUNCEMENTS ATV, Boat and Snowmobile Owners! You can now renew your Colorado OHV registrations on line at: The Rio Blanco Herald Times accepts all major credit cards. You can fax your classified ad or subscription to (970)878-4016 or email to: RIO BLANCO Masonic Lodge #80 meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, […]

Obituary: Glenn E. Burley

Glenn Burley

Meeker resident Glenn E. Burley died on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at the Walbridge Wing in Meeker, Colo. He was 89.

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for help with gun range cleanup

Dear Editor: I would like to thank everyone who helped with the cleanup at the Blue Mountain Gun Range on Saturday. It was a great success. This has been needed for many years.

Holiday DUI patrols start

RBC I Beginning Aug. 21, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local agencies are stepping up education and enforcement for the 2015 Labor Day DUI enforcement period. The enforcement period, part of CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign, runs from Aug. 21, through Tuesday, Sept. 8.