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.

New EMT class slated for September in Meeker

MEEKER I A new Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) basic course is scheduled to run from mid-September through the end of the year and is to be taught by Fidel Garcia of Professional EMS Education out of Grand Junction, a very well-known instructor, according to Meeker Fire Chief Marshall Cook.

Rio Blanco County on Patrol—Aug. 17-Aug. 24

RBC I The following information is a weekly review of the calls for service reported to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office from Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. through Aug. 24 at 8 a.m.

Rangely and Meeker fall sports teams open play this weekend

RBC I The Rangely High School golf team already has two tournaments under its belt and the rest of the athletes from Rio Blanco County will see live action this week, starting today.

Meeker Fire District donates $80,000 fire alarm system to Barone school

MEEKER I On Aug. 13, the Meeker Fire District board voted unanimously to donate up to $80,000 to Barone Middle School to cover the cost of an all-new and much-needed fire alarm system.

Help needed in protecting rock art sites

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management seeks volunteers to help protect unique rock art sites at the Canyon Pintado National Historic District on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From My Window: Fire and smoke season upon us; thankful for the firefighters

Well, it appears that we are into that ugly season again, when visibility out the window goes way down, the air doesn’t smell quite so good and for a lot of folks, the breathing gets a bit tougher.

List of candidates for MSD board expands

MEEKER I Meeker insurance agent and father of two K-12 Meeker students, Kevin Amack, has now been joined by three additional candidates for the Meeker Board of Education (BOE) four-year terms. Current board member and former band and music instructor Tom Allen, former Meeker High School math teacher Scott Aldridge, and former high school science […]

Community Calendar—Aug. 27-Sept. 2

• Discover the Parks. Program for children up to age 7 will meet at Foothills Park in Meeker today. You and your children can make new friends and enjoy active play with your kids. ERBM Recreation & Park District, 970-878-3403 with questions. • Polynesian Fire Dancers. Friday at 8 p.m. at Town Park in Meeker.

Applications available for Junior College Board election

RANGELY I On Nov. 3, the Rangely Junior College District election will be held, and there will be two seats open on the board of trustees.