CNCC paleontology dig: Bones abundant throughout nearby areas

Twenty-seven Colorado Northwestern Community College instructors, students and county residents joined for a tour of the CNCC dinosaur dig south of Rangely on Saturday as a field trip to show the residents the progress being made on the dig for a large dinosaur well hidden in a canyon. Several large rib bones and upper leg bones have been exposed in the two to three weeks the dig has been going on, and CNCC is using the dig as an educational opportunity. To the left, in red, is CNCC science instructor Liz Johnson, who is also a certified paleontologist, who must be on site for this kind of dig.

Rangely plans two days of fun to mark Fourth of July

flag coiled

RANGELY I As the nation’s annual Independence Day celebration approaches, the Western Rio Blanco Metropolitan Parks and Recreation District is busy preparing for Rangely’s two days of holiday festivities.

Downtown Meeker…

The new gazebo, located at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets in Meeker, is seen here near completion. The 1,500-square-foot facility is expected to be completed and the fence removed around the gazebo by start of Range Call activites, Commissioner Shawn Bolton said on Friday. There will be electrical hookups nearby to start and that may be replaced later with electrical boxes on each of the four corners.

Sawyer Brown in concert at Range Call Celebration

A Wyoming native, Chancey Williams, and his “Younger Brothers Band,” have relentlessly toured the Western United States, developing a rabid fan base not seen from the Cowboy State since Chris LeDoux. In fact, Chancey Williams and LeDoux are the only two people to ride in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo (one of the most famous in the world, touted as “Daddy of ‘Em All”) and play its main stage as a major entertainer. The band has shared the stage with dozens of artists, including Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Craig Morgan, Rodney Atkins, Brantley Gilbert and Thompson Square.

Application deadline for fall turkey hunts coming July 9

RBC I The application deadline for fall turkey hunts, held September to October, is July 9, only one week away.

New race course this year at Run for Your Life 5K

MEEKER I This year Run for Your Life race participants will have a new course route to mix up the 36-year-old July 4 event in Meeker.

2015 Range Call Royalty

Range Call Royalty for 2015 are, from left to right, second attendant Melayni Grace Wangnild, 10; Range Call Princess Emily Amick, 11; Range Call Queen Phalon Osborn, 14; and first attendant Jazzmyn Wakefield, also 13. They represent Range Call throughout the year at various rodeos, fairs and local events.

MEEKER I Range Call royalty reigns over the Range Call events each year and they also make appearances at other rodeos, fairs and several events locally. Unlike in most past years, when there has been a queen and two princesses, the 2015 Range Call Royal Court is made up of the queen, a princess and […]

Parade Marshal Rayola Rust: One of Range Call’s greatest fans ­

Rayola Rust lost her battle with cancer on July 5, 2014. This year she is posthumously honored as the 2015 Range Call Parade Grand Marshal.

MEEKER I This year’s Range Call Parade Grand Marshal is Rayola Rust. Rust lost her courageous battle with cancer on July 5, 2014.

Truck giveaway…

Free used truck giveaway sponsored by Columbine Ford of Rifle. Come down to Ute Park to enjoy our vendors, carnival rides and other attractions. For every $10 you spend will receive one sticker; after you receive a third sticker you will be eligible to enter for a chance to win the truck.  Return the filled entry card to the Meeker Range Call information booth to enter. You can enter unlimited times, granted you make qualifying purchases. The drawing will take place at the Sawyer Brown Concert the night of the 4th; you do not need to be present to win. If you have any questions regarding the rules please contact Dawn Pozorski 320-223-4351

Veterans sought to join Range Call parade

RBC I This year, the Meeker Fourth of July parade will be led by members of our local American Legion Post No. 74, VFW Post No. 5843 and Ladies Auxiliary No. 5843, and all three groups are inviting any veterans from all services to march or ride with them during the parade.

A modern look at the Meeker Massacre Pageant

The story behind the Meeker Massacre and the Thornburgh Battle, events which took place in 1879, are dramatically portrayed during the Meeker Pageant at Range Call. This year’s performance begins at dusk on Friday, July 3 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.

MEEKER I “The Pageant” in Meeker during the Fourth of July weekend kicked off in 1938. There are participants who have participated for 50 years and now second and third generations are taking over the roles of their predecessors.

Bank robbery re-enactment Saturday

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s claims to fame was the dramatic attempted robbery of the Bank of Meeker on Oct. 13, 1896.