Meeker Golf Course a busy place, to host RBC Cup this weekend

Meeker’s Erik Brown makes contact out of the sand trap on the No. 9 hole at Meeker Golf Course while playing in the annual two-man best-ball tournament, where he teamed up with Lex Collins. Brown and Collins have partnered for years for this tournament and usually finish in the money—but not this year. Jason Back (pictured to Brown’s right) and his dad, George, shot two-under-par 66’s both days and finished with the best net score in the championship flight. The Meeker Golf Course will host the annual Rio Blanco County Cup this weekend.

MEEKER I White River Electric Association’s annual golf tournament filled the Meeker Golf Course on Friday, followed by the annual two-day, two-man best-ball tournament, and this weekend Meeker will host the annual Rio Blanco County Cup, which is currently on display in Rangely.

Inaugural Meeker Classic Cattledog Trials: National Finals

Nothing is more impressive to watch than the combination of handler, dog and horse during the two horseback classes out of five at the 2016 Meeker Classic National Cattledog Association Finals held in Meeker beginning June 15 and running through Sunday. More than 2,000 people were estimated to have visited Ute Park during the trials to watch 140 of the best cattledogs from Colorado, the United States and Canada.

Ronald A. Granger named new president of CNCC campuses

Ronald A. Granger

RBC I Ronald A. Granger has been appointed president of Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) by Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Granger will assume the presidency on Aug. 8, 2016, McCallin said.

Business opens…


A ribbon cutting was held Friday for Country Raised, a new store located at 275 6th St. in Meeker, owned by Makala Barton. The store specializes in farmhouse-style décor, classic style toys, Colorado-made chocolates and unique gifts. Present at the ribbon cutting were, from left to right, JoAnn Goss-Gardner of the chamber, Meeker Chamber Executive […]

Range Call Celebration Special Section coming June 30


Work underway on Coal Creek School renovation

Work is now underway to renovate Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing in its original location. Being on the National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties requires specialized expertise in historic restoration for completing Phase I.

MEEKER I Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing on its original location, is being restored by MM-Eight Construction to its original 1882 exterior appearance. On May 19, after 124 years in darkness, the foundation was excavated by T&M Contracting, exposing the various size stones it had been firmly resting […]


Passing through…

Not your usual scenery in Rio Blanco County could be seen Sunday afternoon on a runover pond just north of Highway 64 at mile marker 28. Enjoying the partly sunny sky  were two pelicans and bald eagle, which seemed to be waiting out the strong winds.

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, […]

Meeker High grads detail scholarships, future plans

MEEKER I Meeker High School counselor Trina Kennedy Smith introduced the 2016 graduates at this year’s commencement exercises, presented the scholarship awards they received and revealed their plans for the future.

Safe oil and gas nothing to complain about; fracking no contaminant

RBC I Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies. The result? There’s no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water. Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret.

One week until end of Plein Air art

MEEKER I The Plein Air Meeker 2016 art competition has returned this year, and the competition paint-out is now underway through June 30.

Events planned at The TANK

RANGELY I Several events are on schedule for this weekend involving The TANK, starting today with an open house from 7 to 9 p.m.

Deadline for WREA photo contest nears

RBC I Attention photographers, the White River Electric Association is wrapping up its annual photo contest.

From My Window: Heat, wind, delays don’t deter those at cattledog nationals

It was sunny, hot and windy, but few seemed to mind. There were some serious glitches, but not many folks were bothered. There was a decent turnout for the inaugural five-day Meeker Classic National Cattledog Association Finals Cattledog Trials in Meeker running Wednesday through Sunday, and the spectators and contestants seemed to enjoy themselves.

Dirt bike racing makes Meeker debut

MEEKER I Dirt bike racing will make its Meeker debut on Saturday with “Meeker Moto Mayhem” at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.

Dinosaur road to see major fix-up

RBC I A $5.6 million construction project to improve the road to Deerlodge Park within Dinosaur National Monument will begin June 23.

Free fishing, movie Friday

MEEKER I Friday will be Youth Fishing Day in Meeker followed by Movie Under the Stars, all free and all held at Meeker’s Circle Park, across the bridge from Meeker Town Park.

Classifieds: June 23, 2016

Ads for 06/23/16 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, […]