WREA remains stable despite reduced electric sales

MEEKER I White River Electric Association held its 71st annual meeting on Sept. 14. With an estimated 215 registered members in attendance and more than 250 served for lunch, WREA’s General Manager Alan Michalewicz considers the meeting a huge success. “This kind of turnout is fantastic. Member participation at our annual meeting is key to […]

Photos: Septemberfest 2016

  Photos courtesy of WRBM Recreation & Park District and Caitlin Walker

Coal Creek School…

New trusses were installed on the Coal Creek School building Sept. 16 as part of the ongoing restoration project. Each truss had to be individually built to fit between the original trusses. The new trusses bring the building up to code for snow loads. The white building behind the crane is the privy/coal shed with […]

Photos: Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials 2016

Community Calendar: September 22, 2016

PEO Winning Quilt …

  The PEO Quilt in the Country show was held last weekend. A riot of colors, shapes and designs were displayed at the Fairfield Center in Meeker and all proceeds benefitted educational assistance and opportunities for women. The Paper Doll quilt, pictured above, won the 2016 Viewer’s Choice Award. The quilt was created by Shawnee […]

American hero memorialized with bronze statue

By bobby gutierrez bobby@theheraldtimes.com RBC I was memorialized Sept. 10, 2016 at Grand River Park in New Castle, with the unveiling and dedication of a bronze statue of the fallen fighter pilot. Captain DuBois grew up in New Castle and was graduated from Rifle High School. Hundreds attended and many were bused to the park, […]

Panther football team wins second game of the season

By Bobby Gutierrez bobby@theheraldtimes.com Rangely I After a 42-18 pounding of the Del Norte Tigers last Friday, the Rangely High School football team is now 2-0 and they will play another home game on Yaeger Field, this Friday at 7 p.m. “We are young but sure don’t play like it,” Rangely head coach Paul Fortunato […]

Mystery Plane …

Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District Manager Alden VandenBrink had an unusual telephone request a few weeks ago from a pilot wondering if there were any restrictions on Kenney Reservoir for landing a seaplane. The caller said he had business to do in Rangely. VandenBrink told him there were no restrictions in place, and shortly thereafter […]

Forest Service issues temporary closure for Lost Solar Fire area

RBC I As of Wednesday morning, the Blanco Ranger District issued a temporary area closure order for the Lost Solar Fire area in the Flat Tops Wilderness. The lightning-caused fire has grown to approximately 4,500 acres since it started Aug. 8 and is burning in mixed conifer and aspen and partially in open meadow in […]

Treehouse Little Free Library…

RHS Panther Volleyball…

Rock N’ Bulls…

BLM holds open house briefing on travel plan

RBC I The White River Field Office (WRFO), Bureau of Land Management, hosted a Meeker meeting last Tuesday at the public library to discuss BLM’s travel management plan. Six members of the public were there to meet with four BLM representatives. BLM staff admitted they missed the deadline to get notice in the Herald Times […]

Three nights of entertainment begin at the Meeker Classic

MEEKER I Three evenings of fun and entertainment are slated to compliment the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, which began on Wednesday. Visitors and locals will have the opportunity to enjoy art, music, film and fun during the trials, which will run Sept. 7-11. This guarantees family fun for all.

Collins, Chappell and Back win club golf titles; Henderson hits ace

MEEKER I For the first time in four years, there is a new Meeker Men’s Club champion, a title that now belongs to Lex Collins. And Peggy Back is the 2016 Meeker Women’s Club champion.

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials are the ‘real deal’ around the world

MEEKER I Folks around Meeker have seen Septembers come and go over the years and with it the Meeker Classic. It’s become a permanent fixture in the community.

Rangely hospital clinic shows value of rural health care

RANGELY I Rangely Family Medicine, along with other Community Safety Net Clinics (CSNCs) and federally certified Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) celebrated the seventh annual Safety Net Clinic Week, August 15-19. Rangely Family Medicine was one of four clinics to be featured in Colorado Rural Health Center’s (CRHC) Safety Net Showcase.

MHS Class of 1966 holds its 50-year class reunion

MEEKER I The Class of 1966 at Meeker High School enjoyed its 50-year reunion over the July 4 weekend. This year was our 10th get-together as we have met every five years since graduation.

PEO Quilt Show coming…

Three days of fun, games, food and contests mark Septemberfest events

RANGELY I Fall in Rangely is full of many traditions: hunting season, kids returning to school, changing of the leaves and the crown jewel of Rangely fun, Septemberfest.

Off-highway vehicle trail rides new to Septemberfest

RANGELY I New this year at Septemberfest, off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts will have two opportunities to tour some of the trails around Rangely. Locals Brad and Michelle Casto and Jeff and Rebecca Rector have organized the events on Saturday and Sunday and will serve as guides to some of the best scenery and OHV rides […]

Three major border collie competitions on slate for next month

MEEKER I The route from the Heber Valley, Utah, through Meeker to Carbondale will go to the dogs from Labor Day through mid-September. Border collies, that is, doing their stuff at three top-notch sheepherding events.

ERBM gears up for Town Park project; new programs coming

MEEKER I The Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District announced Friday that a contract has been awarded to Hudspeth & Associates, Inc., as general contractor for the construction of the second phase of renovation improvements to Meeker Town Park.

Education a major component of Meeker Classic sheepdog trials

MEEKER I As September rolls around in Northwest Colorado, a few things become very evident. The weather begins to cool (at least at night), leaves start to change and the scene at Ute Park in Meeker transforms into a five-day event centered on sheepdog trialing, education and entertainment. Known as one of the world’s toughest […]

Archery season begins…

Main Street candidate…

MHS volleyball wins two

  MEEKER | “The girls did a great job this weekend,” Meeker’s head volleyball coach Janae Stanworth said after her team won matches against Plateau Valley and West Grand last weekend. Meeker (8-3) will now take their show on the road for a match in Hotchkiss Friday, then in Oak Creek the following day. Meeker […]

Meeker harriers perform well at Anna Banana Memorial

MEEKER | Fruita hosted Meeker, as well as 17 other teams, at Saturday’s Anna Banana Memorial Invitational. The course, run at Connected Lakes State Park in Grand Junction, is well known as one of the fastest of the season, and is a favorite of many runners. The Meeker team came out strong, with eight of our […]

Community Calendar: September 29, 2016

VFW Tootsie Care Day Oct. 1 from 12-3 p.m. Toenail trimming for anyone 74 years and younger that has trouble with this task. Please call 878-5738 to schedule appointment. Vicki will call you back. Free monthly movie Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meeker Rec Center MP room Featured film: “The Last Man on […]

News Briefs: September 29, 2016

Fairfield grant applications due Oct. 3 Meeker | The Freeman E. Fairfield Charitable Trust semi-annual grant application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. Applications may be mailed to P.O. Box 2302, Meeker, CO 81641 or delivered to Diane Dunham, 438 E. Market. Mailed applications must be received—not postmarked—by Oct. 3. Application forms are available […]

Boosters: September 29, 2016

PMC, upriver residents lose phone service Wednesday due to cut line

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office notified residents that a 200-pair phone line was severed late Tuesday at the junction of County Road 8 and Highway 13, affecting service for residences and businesses north of County Rd. 8, including Pioneers Hospital and south (upriver) on County Road 8. CenturyLink technicians were en route […]

Classifieds: September 29, 2016

Ads for 09/29/16 ANNOUNCEMENTS ATV, Boat and Snowmobile Owners! You can now renew your Colorado OHV registrations on line at: www.parks.state.co.us RIO BLANCO Masonic Lodge #80 meets 2nd and 4th Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at 7th and Park, Meeker. AA & Al-Anon Meetings – Rangely Alcoholics Anonymous – Open meetings Tues & Thurs, 7 p.m., 115 […]

Wildlife …

A reminder to take care when driving for the sake of our kids and because of the deer and elk running around this time of year. Bobby Gutierrez Photo

Proposed Outdoor Adventure Center would be a one-of-a-kind ‘destination attraction’

MEEKER I For two years Meeker, Rangely and Rio Blanco County have been working with Better City, an economic development consulting firm based in Ogden, Utah, to research and establish a “holistic” plan for economic development by coming up with “action plans” that are individualized for each community’s individual needs and culture. “Better City was […]

Days Gone By: September 22, 2016

Meeker Herald — 100 years ago Every man and woman in America—every youth and girl over 15 years should see “The Escape” tin seven stirring reels at The Princess, Wednesday night. Endorsed by press and pulpit. Admission, 35 cents, children 20 cents. Ignorant natures view with suspicion all things that overreach their intelligence. A bunch […]

First hearing in Meeker Housing Authority lawsuit set for Sept. 29

MEEKER I A federal judge has granted a hearing for an emergency temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of Meeker residents Lonnie and A.J. White, to prevent their eviction from Section 8 subsidized housing in Meeker. The Whites (father and son) and Megan McFadden have filed a federal civil suit against the Meeker […]