Joe Sullivan’s 97th birthday…

Joe Sullivan celebrated his 97th birthday on Sunday with Ethel Starbuck and several others at the Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting, with lunch being served under the new pavilion on Fifth Street. After lunch, the group gathered to honor the heritage of Meeker’s volunteer fire department. Several retired and current firemen were also in attendance.

Blunt, Turner, Webster, Chintala win Range Call Ranch Rodeo buckles

Aaron Webster, Hallie Blunt, her brother Coley Turner, and J.C. Chintala won the prestigious Ranch Rodeo belt buckles in Colorado’s longest-running annual rodeo, the 131st celebration of Range Call. This year’s champions, who finished second the past three years, were the only team to win two events this year and secure the buckles.

MEEKER I A rodeo was the reason cowboys gathered in Meeker to celebrate Independence Day in 1885 on the town’s square. Now, 131 years later, rodeos are still a big draw, including the Meeker Ranch Rodeo, where local cowboys compete in five events for bragging rights as well as the prestigious Range Call Ranch Rodeo […]

Panoramic parade…

This is a panoramic view of Meeker’s Range Call Parade, held Monday morning along Main Street in the downtown area. The parade ran from 7th Street to 4th Street, and this photo, taken using an iPhone, views the entire length of the parade route. One can see the beginning of the parade lineup at the far right nearing the end of the route, all the way to the end of the lineup at the far left. In between, the intersection of 7th and Main streets, and all of the vendors, booths, games and crowd lined up in front of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse. Crowds lined both streets to enjoy the spectacle, which featured a record number of entries this year.

RBC ‘Cup’ won by the golfers from Meeker Golf Course

Meeker Men’s Club President Larin Crase, surrounded by most of his teammates, raises the “Cup” over his head in victory, after they defeated Rangely golfers 34-22 in the 12th annual Rio Blanco County Cup. The “Cup” will now be displayed in Meeker’s clubhouse for the next year.

MEEKER I Only once in the 12-year history of playing the Rio Blanco County Cup, has the home golf team given the “Cup” to the visiting team, and this was not the year either.

Killing skeeters…

All-state football…

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Meeker High School graduate TJ Shelton, pictured in May with his parents, Janae and Bobby Shelton, after being honored as the 2A/3A “Wrestler of the Year,” was also recently honored for his football skills. Shelton was selected to play in the annual Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Game in Alamosa, where he was the […]

Softball…

Winter Blazon, who plays for the defending coed softball champions Ace Trucking, is pictured getting a hit during a recent game at Paintbrush Park. The ERBM Recreation and Parks District sponsors the coed league, hosting games on Mondays and Wednesday in June and July. Ace Trucking remains undefeated and the team to beat.

Meeker Golf Course a busy place, to host RBC Cup this weekend

Meeker’s Erik Brown makes contact out of the sand trap on the No. 9 hole at Meeker Golf Course while playing in the annual two-man best-ball tournament, where he teamed up with Lex Collins. Brown and Collins have partnered for years for this tournament and usually finish in the money—but not this year. Jason Back (pictured to Brown’s right) and his dad, George, shot two-under-par 66’s both days and finished with the best net score in the championship flight. The Meeker Golf Course will host the annual Rio Blanco County Cup this weekend.

MEEKER I White River Electric Association’s annual golf tournament filled the Meeker Golf Course on Friday, followed by the annual two-day, two-man best-ball tournament, and this weekend Meeker will host the annual Rio Blanco County Cup, which is currently on display in Rangely.

Blunt, Shults shine at Ladies’ Deerfly

MEEKER I The annual Ladies’ Deerfly Golf Tournament did not have a large field but the competition was tough, especially in the second flight, where local golfers Hallie Blunt and Sally Lou Shults won the title.

Batter up…

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The 2016 Coed Softball season, sponsored by the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District, started Monday with games played on both Paintbrush Park fields. The league consists of six teams with games being played Mondays and Wednesdays, on both fields. The first game starts at 6:30 p.m.

Several Meeker tracksters place at what coach calls ‘good state meet’

MEEKER I “We had a great state meet this year, both the boys’ and girls’ teams had numerous personal bests and every girls’ relay made the finals,” Meeker track coach John Strate said.

Ducey and Elam win golf tourney

MEEKER I The field was not but the competition was in the annual two-man scramble golf tournament held at the Meeker Golf Course last week.