Jace Vroman takes his horse around the circuit of poles during the Rio Blanco County Fair in the 4-H Horsemanship Class on Saturday at the county fairgrounds. There were several contestants from around Rio Blanco County in the competition.

More than 20 Meeker football players compete in 7-on-7 tourney

A group of Meeker teen football players got together over the weekend to play, in this case, seven against seven in order to get a little practice in as the school year is rapidly approaching. The players are utilizing Starbuck Stadium at Meeker High School for their practice.

MEEKER I More than 20 Meeker kids were at Starbuck Stadium on Monday evening, running pass patterns as the sun was setting. “We’ve been having a good turnout all summer,” Meeker head football coach Shane Phelan said from mid field, watching mostly high school but some middle school kids play.

4-H PeeWee Horsemanship…

Molly Theos, right, leads Lukas Coryell around the poles in one part of the 4-H PeeWee Horsemanship Class. For the youngest riders, they are allowed to be led around the obstacle course; not so for the older riders. The class was held Saturday on the far north track at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker as one of the opening events for the fair.

Park Service holds Find Your Park program; readies for Dinosaur centennial

Dinosaur I Dinosaur National Monument joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at

Obituary: Grace Wynn (Hughes) Petrakian

Grace Wynn (Hughes) Petrakian passed from this world on Thursday, July 16, 2015, about 1:30 p.m., surrounded by family at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. The cancer she had fought on four separate occasions had returned and spread, proving itself silent and deadly.

4-H Dog Showmanship…

Taking part in the 4-H Dog Showmanship events held Monday were, from left, Savannah Mendenhall, Hailey Scott, Brooke Archuleta, Kayla Scott and Grace Roberts. The class was judged by Lisa Martin.

Better City report recommends a power plant for Rio Blanco County

RBC I When Rio Blanco County and the towns of Meeker and Rangely recently contracted with Better City to hear analysis and new ideas for economic growth, they weren’t just looking for the towns themselves, but also for the county.

Glow Run winners…

On Friday, the Rangely High School girls’ volleyball team sponsored the annual Glow Run with several adults and kids taking part in the 5K run/walk. First place went to Dr. Casey Aguirre with a time of 23.23; second went to Calibe Lawson with a time of 23.26; and third went to Kenneth Henson with a time of 23.40. Above, from left to right, are: Henson, Dr. Aguirre and Lawson.

Death Notice: Dick Moyer

A funeral service will be held for Dick Moyer of Meeker at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Meeker United Methodist Church.

RHS Cross Country…

The Rangely High School cross-country team hosted its own second annual team camp last week. Unfortunately, not all runners were able to attend, but there were three girls and two boys who had a great time. The team went to Glenwood Springs, where they camped, went zip lining and white water rafting. It was a time to get to better know each other, run together and tell cheesy jokes.


The winner of the Rio Blanco County Fair Cake Decorating Challenge is Natalie Knight, second from right in the front row. Knight was overall champion, having taken first place in Unit 1. Other winners were: Jessy Pelloni, who took second place in Unit 1; Cori Mohr, who took first place in Unit 2; Carys Walton, who took second place in Unit 2; Sierra Gomez, who took first place in Unit 4; Mary Baylie, who took first place in Unit 6; Jenna Pelloni, who took first place in pre-Cloverbud; and Holt Pelloni, who won first place in Cloverbud.

AGNC, Eskelson laud governor for supporting gas export facility

RBC I Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado (AGNC) applaud Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision to send a letter supporting the proposed Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export facility in Coos Bay, Ore., to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair, Cheryl LaFleur.