Controlled burns…

As we get farther into spring, the skies from a distance may appear as though Rio Blanco County is awash with fire and smoke. The reality is a lot of the county’s farm and ranch land is being burned on purpose to eliminate wild grasses that could lead to large-scale fires. Above, this controlled burn is taking place south of Highway 64 about eight miles west of Meeker.

ERBM Pitch, Hit & Run…

Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan (ERBM) Recreation & Park District hosted the annual Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit, & Run competition on Friday, May 20 at Paintbrush Park Ball Fields. All-around champions included Jonan VonRoenn in the Baseball 7/8 division, Dayton Ridgeway in the baseball 9/10 division, Brady Potez in the baseball 13/14 division, and Rayna VonRoenn in the softball 9/10 division. All participants were, from left, Rylin Braaten, Rayna VonRoenn, Thomas Paul Curry, Brady Potez and Jonathan Cardile. Kneeling from left to right are: Jonan VonRoenn, Dayton Ridgeway and Gabriel Cardile.

Grand opening Saturday…

Bud Striegel, owner of the newly opened Rangely Automotive Museum, put employee Kelsey Peters in the passenger seat of this 1907 Indian Tri-car Sunday, one of the many motorcycles and automobiles on display at the museum. The museum will hold its grand opening May 28. The museum is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the intersection of Stanolind and Highway 64.

Cattledog handlers can also learn from their canine partners

Wyoming’s Juan Reyes is one of the 140 handlers from the United States and Canada who will be in Meeker from June 15-19 to compete in the 2016 National Cattledog Association’s National Finals. Last year’s one-day trial event has bloomed into a five-day national finals this year as Meeker’s reputation with sheepdog trials led to the cattledog event.

MEEKER I It’s all about the dogs—working border collies that is—in Meeker. From June 15-19, 140 of North America’s best working cattledogs will gather to match themselves against each other, 200 yearling cows and Meeker’s famous trial field as they compete for a national title.

Rangely High School Class of 2016 graduates 19 students

There were 19 students in the Rangely High School Class of 2016, and they were presented with their diplomas at the school’s commencement exercise on Sunday afternoon.

Chevron donation…

Rangely School District RE-4 board members Kurt Douglas, Leslie Nielsen, Joyce Key, Annette Webber, and Sam Tolley are joined by Rangely High School students Lindzey Thacker, Katelyn Brown and Sarah Conner in saying thank you to Chevron for its continued support of the school district.

Bike to School Day…

Roughly 200 students are pictured here after riding their bicycles to school for the annual Rangely Ride Your Bike to School Day on May 11. A number of games, activities and a bike rodeo were all a part of the event, which was considered a sweeping success.

CNCC Aviation…

2016 Aviation Wings Ceremony 05-6-16

David Boles is the aviation program director at Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the 2016 program graduates who were a part of the Aviation Wings Ceremony on May 7 were, from left: Blake Mueller, Bradley Antista, Chase Peters, Efrain Cabrera, Kyle Baker, Sadie Stewart, Steve Humann, Ton Quyen Ha, Nick Rubba, Tony Smith, Michael Kaiser, […]

Obituary: Shirley Louise Robertson Englert Wix

Shirley Wix

Shirley Louise Robertson was born April 9, 1935, to George Andrew and Myrtle Ida (Woodard) Robertson in their home at the back of her father’s barber shop in Simla, Colo.

Meeker holds Memorial Day events Monday

MEEKER I The VFW, American Legion, and their Auxiliaries would like to invite everyone to attend the Memorial Day ceremony at the Fifth Street Bridge on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Then please follow us up to the cemetery for another ceremony honoring our veterans.

OHV club to meet Wednesday

MEEKER I The public is invited to enjoy a root beer float and join the Wagon Wheel OHV Club meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Meeker Drug.

Ficken is on Dean’s List at Fort Lewis

RANGELY I Chelsea Ficken, of Rangely, Colo., was named to Fort Lewis College’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. Ficken’s major is business administration and accounting.

Obituary: Melba Clara (Moore) Dennemeyer

Melba Clare (Moore) Dennemeyer

Melba Clara (Moore) Dennemeyer passed away on April 11, 2016. She was born Jan. 17, 1925, at the Moore Ranch in Strawberry Creek to Reid and Lena Moore.

Rio Blanco jobless rate continues to increase

RBC I December and January saw solid drops in the Rio Blanco County jobless rate, but a sharp increase in the unemployment between January and February, which saw a .07 percent increase in the county, continued to rise another half percent in March.

House act puts grouse close to ESA

RBC I On May 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). I this “must-pass’”legislation that funds America’s military readiness was language that would force the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to abandon successful sage-grouse conservation plans.

Branding of the calves is ranchers’ rite of spring

Ed Heil, center, administers vaccine to the calf as helper Lynn Rissel, far right, looks on. The vaccine provides a variety of protections against problems with the calves, including pink eye.


Blanco County candidates for county commissioner was held Monday night at the CSU Extension Office Building at the county fairgrounds in Meeker. From left to right, candidates Si Woodruff, Jeff Eskelson, Jeff Rector and John Hill made opening statements, fielded questions from the Republican organizers and then took questions from the audience, which was about 50 people strong. Questions were asked on a wide variety of subjects, and the forum story will be included in next week’s edition of the Herald Times.