Cowboys remain undefeated heading into Homecoming

Host showdown with undefeated Paonia Eagles at Starbuck Stadium Friday MEEKER | Two of the best 1A football teams in Colorado will play in Starbuck Stadium Friday, when the undefeated Paonia Eagles come to town to take on the undefeated Cowboys in Meeker’s 2016 Homecoming game. The Cowboys improved their record to 7-0 after they beat […]

Hogwarts returns to Parkview Elementary

By Heather Zadra Special to the Herald Times RANGELY | Parkview Elementary School (PVE) faculty and staff will host the fourth annual “A Night at Hogwarts” event at the school this Friday, Oct. 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Harry Potter-themed fundraiser, which typically draws hundreds of participants county-wide, will feature returning favorites like Honeyduke’s […]

New fishing pier…

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King family visits Meeker …

Bob King, wearing a Meeker letter jacket, is surrounded by family and pictured standing on the newly built track, which was dedicated “Bob King Track at Starbuck Stadium” at halftime of Friday’s game. King served as Superintendent of Schools for the Meeker School District from 1961-1988, was a dedicated track coach for several years and […]

Lady Panthers take down Tigers

RANGELY I Lady Panthers hosted the Hayden Tigers on Friday for Homecoming. White team took to the floor first and ready to play. They beat the Tigers in two sets 25-17 and 25-21. The ladies played well and great serving was the key to their win. JV team also won in two sets, beating Hayden […]

Mustangs …

A determined week of practice brought the third and fourth grade squad to Coal Ridge for a rumble with the tough guys from Silt. Meeker showed up a little tentative and went into half time leading 7-0. Share on Facebook

Broadband project moves closer to completion

RBC I A crane visible on the top of Lobo Mountain in Meeker Friday marked another milestone toward the completion of countywide broadband optic internet access. The crane installed the framework for a new fiber-fed tower, which, when “lit,” will give residents within an eight-mile radius access to wireless broadband internet. Share on Facebook

TANK features Days of Sonic Learning, Eckert concert as season winds down

RANGELY I Days of Sonic Learning activities for more than 100 Rangely children, senior citizens and college students took place at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts Sept. 25-27, followed by Grammy-award winning artist Rinde Eckert performing in the space Friday, Sept. 30. Share on Facebook

Rangely Homecoming Royalty 2016….

Rangely Panthers’ homecoming royalty (left to right) Hunter Hanvey, Audrey Patch, Samantha Lapp, Tyson Bailey, Klaire Denny, Doug Dennison, Mandy and Dylan Smuts, Lindzey Thacker, Troy Allred, Katye Allred, Landon Rowley, Antoinette Dorris and Zach Sulser. Junior attendants: Kenna Ahrens and Kaylub Longley. See more photos on page 13A. Share on Facebook

Hwy. 13 project should be done soon

RBC | Motorists traveling Hwy. 13 between Meeker and Rifle can look forward to the end of a six-month construction project at the end of October. The project, which began in April 2016, covered 2.1 miles of highway from milepost 20.7 to 22.8 north of Piceance Creek. The road was widened from 26 feet to 40 […]

Grammy winner at The Tank…

Writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer and director Rinde Eckert visited The TANK in Rangely Friday, Sept. 30. Eckert was named an inaugural Doris Duke Artist in 2012, won a Grammy for Best Small Ensemble Performance as a collaborator on the album “Lonely Motel” on Cedille Records in 2011 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for […]

Ribbon Cutting…

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Local woman shares inspiration, friendship through online group

MEEKER | “I’m loving this!” Jill Dunbar said, leaning on her hiking poles during a break before the final push to the top of the China Wall trail in Meeker. The 3.4 mile hike (round-trip) is the equivalent of climbing 69 floors, according to Dunbar’s FitBit. Who needs skyscrapers, anyway? China Wall, a favorite local […]

A special gift for her grandparents

RANGELY | Kelsey Peters has always had a passion for cars. She and her husband Chance share a love for building, driving and admiring them. They had their eye on a little truck that seemed perfect for Dave and Jean Jordan, Kelsey’s grandparents. “Everyone knows them better as ‘Mamma and Pappy’,” Kelsey said. The Peters worked […]

Panthers host Tigers for Homecoming 2016

RANGELY | “We have had three tough weeks in a row,” Rangely head football coach Paul Fortunato said after a 54-0 loss last Friday in Oak Creek to the Soroco Rams. “We have moved on and are now getting ready for Homecoming this weekend against Hayden.” After winning their first two games, the Panthers have lost […]

Rangely Homecoming …

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Eleanor Roosevelt visits CNCC in Rangely

RANGELY I For the last few years, Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) has been holding an annual joint “fall retreat” for its four boards—the Rangely Junior College District Board of Trustees, which oversees allocation of the Rangely District funds, chaired by Teri Striegel Wilczek; the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College District Board of Control, which […]

Lucky Ducks …

Rubber Ducky Race benefits schoolhouse project MEEKER | “I see them! Here they come!” Young voices rang out from the riverbanks below and atop Meeker’s Tenth Street bridge as little yellow rubber duckies came bobbing around the river bend. A bit of brisk and wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the participants in the MVB […]

Proposed Wolf Creek Reservoir Site …

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Rangely’s Tom and Dorothy Collins receive state award

RANGELY I Earlier this month long time Rangely residents Tom and Dorothy Collins received the Jack Snow Award for Outstanding Volunteer at the Colorado Tourism Conference, honoring their decades of dedicated service to the Colorado Visitor Center in Dinosaur. The Jack Snow Award is given annually to a volunteer within Colorado in recognition of their […]

2016 Fall Festival Photos

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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 Share on Facebook

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

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Community Calendar: September 22, 2016

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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 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 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…

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RHS Panther Volleyball…

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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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

PEO Quilt Show coming…

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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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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. Share on Facebook

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…

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Main Street candidate…

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Lady Panthers struggle against West Grand, Paonia

RANGELY | The lady Panthers hosted West Grand for their annual Pink Out game on Friday, Oct. 14. The White team was up first and just couldn’t find a rhythm to get things going. West Grand took the match in two sets, 12-25 and 14-25. JV team started a little slow but getting the win in […]

Safely dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs on Take Back Day this Saturday, Oct. 22

MEEKER | On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills […]

Obituary: Gordon Franklin

Aug. 13, 1943 ~ Oct. 6, 2016 Gordon Franklin, 73, passed away on Oct. 6, 2016, in Grand Junction, Colo., as a result of complications related to lung cancer. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2016, at Church of Christ, 2893 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction, Colo. Gordon was born […]

Panthers lose to 7th-ranked Mustangs

RANGELY | The Rangely Panther varsity football team lost to the seventh-ranked West Grand Mustangs last Friday on Yeager Field. The Panthers currently have a 2-5 record and will play on the road this weekend, traveling to Black Hawk to play Gilpin County Saturday with the kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. “We played hard but were […]

Meeker girls’ softball team heads to state tournament

MEEKER | The Meeker Cowboys softball team competed Saturday in a playoff battle with the Limon High School Badgers. The Cowboys jumped to a quick 3-1 lead in the first inning. The Badgers then battled back and by the fifth inning gained the lead with an 8-4 advantage. Persistence paid off in the sixth as the […]

NEWS BRIEFS: October 22, 2016

Broadband and economic development meeting Oct. 27 at Mountain Valley Bank MEEKER | Please join Rio Blanco County and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade on Oct. 27 from 9-11 a.m. at Mountain Valley Bank. Utilization of broadband service for economic development efforts will be discussed. Please email with any questions […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR – October 20, 2016

– Discover the Parks Oct. 25 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Town Park. Call 878-3403 or visit – The Meeker Library Book Club meets at 1 p.m. the second Monday of each month (excluding holidays). The next meeting will be Nov. 14. We will be discussing “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George. All interested […]

Homecoming parade in Meeker this Friday promises to be bigger and better than ever

Meeker | Meeker’s Homecoming week got more exciting this last weekend. The girls’ softball team won the required game at the regional playoffs—so they’ve qualified for the state semi-finals to be played in Aurora Friday (and finals Saturday, if they win a second game Friday). Their first game is at 12:15 p.m. with a possible […]


MEEKER | WREA has partnered with the Meeker Chamber of Commerce to support their TGIF Meeker shop local Friday program by incentivizing local merchants to provide an additional discount to WREA members who use their WREA Coop Connections Card on the first Friday of every month. WREA members are encouraged to show or refer to […]