STEM at work…


The first week of January saw Meeker 4-H Program Coordinator Carley Smith visit Kay Bivens’ library class demonstrating STEM (Science. Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to first through fifth graders. The theme for this week’s presentation was engineering, focusing on building model ski jumps.

28 youths participate in 2016 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge

Twenty-eight area youths participated in the 2016 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge on Jan. 23 in Meeker. Hosted by the ERBM Recreation & Park District, the event featured a basketball skills competition in dribbling, passing and shooting. Youth ages seven years to 14 competed for the chance to advance to the sectionals in Grand Junction on Feb. 21, and ages 5/6 competed for fun. Pictured above, from left to right in the 13/14-year-old age group: Cole Rogers, first, 495 points; Elijah Deming, third place, 275 points; and Lane Anderson, second, with 361 points.

RBC I Twenty-eight youths participated in the 2016 Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge on Jan. 23 in Meeker. Hosted by the ERBM Recreation and Park District, the event featured a basketball skills competition in dribbling, passing and shooting. Youth ages 7-14 competed for the chance to advance to the sectionals in Grand Junction on Feb. 21, […]



Winterfest candidates are chosen by the staff at Rangely Junior/Senior High School. The staff takes the first vote of the senior class, choosing three boys and three girls. Candidates must show strong leadership skills and above-average students involved in various activities and who are helpful to their peers and teachers. A second and final vote […]


The “one way” sign is at least eight feet tall, the pine tree next to it is about 13 feet high and the trees behind the snow bank are at least 20 feet tall, yet they are buried in a snow bank in the alley that runs between Fifth and Sixth streets and Main and Market streets as the snow fell quite heavily on Tuesday morning. Between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning, more than a foot had fallen, and there is a shortage of places to move and dump the excess snow.

Snow fun…


While the adults were having fun and racing at the Family Fun Day on Saturday, sponsored by the White River Snowmobile Club at Meeker’s Ute Park, the kids were enjoying the areas that had been cleaned off for sledding and tubing.

Parkview sings…


The Parkview Elementary School fourth/fifth-grade choir, led by Sarah Campbell, performed for the Rangely School Board at its meeting Jan. 19.

Conservation district examines 2015 triumphs, 2016 challenges

Neil Brennan, left, president of the White River Conservation District Board of Supervisors presented the Conservationists of the Year Award to Rocky Pappas, Sparky Pappas and Travis Flaherty at Friday’s annual meeting and banquet at the Fairfield Center in downtown Meeker. District manager Chris Colflesh reported there were 104 people present at the banquet.

MEEKER I More than 100 people enjoyed the White River Conservation District’s annual meeting Friday at the Meeker Fairfield Center.

Waiting to race…


The series of Family Fun Day events at Ute Park and a chili lunch were hosted by the White River Snowmobile Club.

Cultural, Heritage task forces sets the stage for 2016 progress

The Heritage Culture Center Committee and the Heritage Tourism Task Force have reviewed 2015 and set the stage for 2016. At the annual meeting of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, chairwoman Ellene Meece shared the Strategic Planning Goals for 2016. Those in attendance heard from 13 different organizations presenting ways they can collaborate in telling the county’s heritage story.

MEEKER I The Heritage Culture Center Committee and Heritage Tourism Task Force met Jan. 19 at the Old West Heritage Culture Center to set the stage for 2016.

Panthers get preview of regional mat tourney

Rangely senior Jessy Powell scores back points during a match in the Screamin’ Eagle wrestling tournament held in Paonia. Powell recorded a pin in the 145-pound bracket, and Panther coach Travis Witherell named him the team’s “Athlete of the Week.”

RANGELY I Competing in the Screamin’ Eagle wrestling tournament in Paonia last Saturday, the Rangely High School wrestlers got a preview of the regional tournament.

Family Fun Day…


This racer tries desperately to cut his snowmobile tightly around the barrel during the barrel racing event at the Family Fun Day on Saturday at Ute Park. This rider found out that the snow was soft, powdery and not at all packed, which meant the front of the snowmobile would dig in but the rear […]

CNCC aids food bank…


René Harden of Rangely coordinated the project, then connected with Leana Cox, president of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Cox got the PTK members to run the concession stand at CNCC and to make popcorn. The deal was that if someone brought in a non-perishable food […]

Barone basketball…

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Barone Middle School eighth-grader Makenna Burke leads the pack down the court during a game between the two Rio Blanco County middle school teams. Barone Middle School’s A-team beat Rangely but Rangely Middle School’s seventh grade team came out on top of the young Cowboy team.

Letter to the Editor: What local superintendents want from the state

Dear Editor: This is an open letter from the Colorado state school superintendents requesting adequate school funding from the Colorado State Legislature.

Rangely Junior/Senior High honor roll for fall semester

Sixth Grade – First Quarter Straight A: Jacob Dodd, Chloe Goshe, Adelynn Halcomb, Aspen Low, Keihlin Myers, Rayna Robertson, Mary Scoggins and Ammie Vaughn. “B” Honor Roll: Nevaeh Bland, Brent Cantrell, Tanya Fraijo, Alexis Hopson, Madison Lance, Shauna Lapp, Tiana Lucas, Katelyn Miears, Norrah Patch, Dontea Pearce, Angalina Peck, Timothy Scoggins, Aliyah Suathojame, Wyatt Tull, […]

Cowboy cagers lose three

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Cowboy boys’ basketball team played three tough games last week, and coach Klark Kindler was unable to attend Tuesday night’s game due to illness.

Eskelson running again in effort to continue work done in first term

Jeff Eskelson

RBC I Incumbent Rio Blanco County Commissioner Jeff Eskelson will seek re-election to his position with the county this fall. Eskelson, whose only opponent so far is fellow Republican and former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff, is hopeful that voters will give him the opportunity to finish the work he started when he was […]

Meeker student on UW honor roll

MEEKER I The University of Wyoming lists 118 students from Colorado on the 2015 fall semester President’s Honor Roll including a student from Meeker.

New restrictions on antler hunting

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shed-antler hunters that new restrictions on collecting sheds on public lands in portions of Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield and Routt counties will be strictly enforced. The restrictions were approved by the CPW Commission to reduce the disturbance of big game animals struggling to survive after winter.

Rangely basketball girls drop two out of three games, to hit the road

RANGELY I The Rangely High School girls’ basketball team played three tough games last week beginning with the barn burner against Meeker on Tuesday night.

MHS wrestlers win, to play host

MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling team made a long trip to Buena Vista on Jan. 28 for a dual meet with the 2A Demons, and they returned home victorious.

Former sheriff Si Woodruff to challenge Eskelson for commissioner

Si Woodruff

RBC I Former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff formally announced his intention to seek election to the position of Rio Blanco county commissioner from District 3. Incumbent Jeff Eskelson is seeking re-election. Both men are Republicans. Woodruff believes his knowledge of the local people and their needs qualify him for the job.

Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser…


The 18-members-strong Meeker Elementary School Marimba Band entertained the 200 persons at the second annual Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser dinner on Sunday evening at the Fairfield Center. “It was great to have so many of the kids involved and I think the faculty is buying into the fact that the foundation can and is helping […]