Fire on hay hauler shuts down Hwy 64

A Reynolds Nationwide semi tractor and trailer out of San Antonio, Texas, caught fire on Melon Hill outside of Rangely Saturday afternoon when hay stacked too close to the semi’s exhaust pipe ignited, spreading to other bales and falling onto the tractor as the driver separated it from the trailer.

RANGELY I A semi-tractor trailer hauling approximately 20 one-ton bales of hay caught fire Saturday afternoon, destroying the tractor and closing Highway 64 west of Rangely for four hours.

Basketball players earn league and state recognition

Basketball players earn league and state recognition

MEEKER I The Meeker High School basketball teams have officially wrapped up their seasons. As they held their awards banquets last week, both the Meeker boys and girls had plenty to celebrate. Not only did both teams qualify for the 2014 Colorado State Basketball Championships, the girls finished third. To top off the success, five […]

MHS FCCLA: Nine to nationals

18 MHS students competed at state: nine head to nationals in July in San Antonio, Texas.

MEEKER I The Meeker FCCLA program is considered one of the premier programs in Colorado, and it lived up to its reputation at the weekend’s State Leadership Conference. Of the 18 students who competed, nine were chosen to represent Colorado at the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in July.

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Rangely focuses on student safety within its school athletic program

RANGELY I As athletic events nationwide take on the task of improving safety standards for competitors, Rangely Junior/Senior High School has begun efforts toward improving the well-being of its athletes. This year, the middle and high school athletic programs started a new initiative to protect their athletes from the dangers of concussions.

Udall pushes speed-up of natural gas exports

RBC I Sen. Mark Udall, who serves on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, welcomed the U.S. Department of Energy’s decision last week to approve a liquefied natural gas export permit for the Jordan Cove Energy Project in Oregon.

Obituary: Odessa G. Balloga

Odessa Balloga

Odessa G. Balloga was born May 11, 1923, in Galena, Kan., to May (Greenwood) and William Cox. She died March 30, 2014, at the age of 90.

Pipe cutting…


W.C. Striegel, Inc., hosted an open house and its own version of a ribbon-cutting ceremony in its new offices in Rangely on Friday.

MHS Drama Club, ITST to present ‘FAME’ in May

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Drama Club and International Thespian Society Troupe 1284 will proudly present the Broadway Musical “FAME” at the Meeker High School Auditorium on an undetermined date in May.

CPW meeting to discuss plans to save mule deer in state

DENVER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in coordination with The Keystone Center, an independent facilitator, is holding a series of meetings across the state this spring in order to receive feedback on a Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. The strategy will guide agency efforts to work towards increasing mule deer populations.

Tickets on sale for After Birth Ball

MEEKER I The annual After Birth Ball, celebrating the end of the stock birthing season, will be held April 26 at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main St., in Meeker.

As work begins on tunnels west of Denver, I-70 project brings long-term partial closure

DENVER I Crews began closing lanes in both directions of I-70 near Idaho Springs last week as work began to shift eastbound I-70 traffic back onto the detour route around the tunnels.