Vicky Tate retires after 34 years with MSD

Vicky and Mike Tate on their wedding day.

MEEKER I One of the advantages to living in a small town is the number of exceptional teachers who possess such perseverance that they impact two generations of learners.

Education, life experience Tenn. theme for DI teams

Three Destination Imagination teams from Meeker Elementary School competed last week in Knoxville, Tennessee, as part of the DI Global Competition against 1,400 teams from around the United States and around the globe. Local coaches and organizers said the trip to the competition was educational and a life experience.

MEEKER I Three Meeker Destination Imagination teams traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., last week to compete in the global finals tournament. This tournament is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and success at regional and state levels, and all three teams finished near the middle of the field in their respective competitions.

Bob Amick, Sandy Bradfield come from long-term pioneer clan

Above is the old Watson Store, later the A. Oldland and Co. building in 1887 and later the building was occupied by the Independence Lumber Co. at th and Main streets in Meeker.

MEEKER I In 1879, the White River Utes rebelled against tyrannical Indian agent Nathan Meeker in the last major Native American uprising at the Ute Agency in Powell Park, and the concurrent Battle of Milk Creek with U.S. Army troops.

BMS girls finish track season with a bang in Wyoming

MEEKER I The Meeker seventh- and eighth-grade tracksters finished their season with a bang, winning the combined girls’ division, topping 10 other teams Saturday in Baggs, Wyo.

BMS tracksters endure bad weather to stay ready

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BMS eighth-grader Doak Walker is pictured in the 200 hurdles, where he finished third.

The Barone Middle School track team has been very busy over the past two weekends, competing in Glenwood Springs two weekends ago and in Rangely on Saturday.

Brown wins state Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge

Rangely Middle School sisters Kassidee and Katelyn Brown are pictured with some of their winnings from the 2014 Nuggets Skills Challenge, which Katelyn won at the state level.

RANGELY I It is becoming apparent the words “basketball success” and Katelyn Brown are meant to be together. Brown recently won her third Denver Nuggets Skills Challenge state competition.

Decorated Easter eggs have a long history


RBC I Chances are, most people know the history behind the Easter egg. Regardless of specific religion, the belief and tradition that goes with Easter is unmatched. The practice of actually decorating the shells of eggs pre-dates Christian traditions. Some ostrich eggs dating back 60,000 years were found in Africa with engraved decorations. The practice […]

AAU basketball season ends at home

Rangely eighth-grader Katelyn Brown (10) goes up for a shot in one of her team’s final games of the AAU season. Brown’s team beat Meeker by one point, and both teams lost to Rifle in Meeker.

MEEKER I The Meeker AAU season came to a close Thursday night with the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls playing two games against Rifle and Rangely.

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 […]

Early local teachers came to RBC for work, found love

The Lime Kiln Schoolhouse, constructed in 1917, is seen here in 1929 with Eleanor Kugler Service in the doorway. Lime Kiln Schoolhouse is one of 39 school in operation within the county in the past century and most assuredly played a role in the romance of one or a couple school teachers who came into the area to teach.

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society and its Rural School Committee teamed with the Meeker Arts and Culture Council Sunday, April 6, to portray “Rural School Days,” a fun and informative historic presentation.

AAU basketball teams play in Meeker today

Meeker has three AAU basketball teams playing, and the 12-and-under team, coached by Hallie Blunt and Jamie Rogers, featuring Matilda Brown, Julia Dinwiddie, Caleigh Morlan, Carly Neilsen, Serena Goedert, Makenna Burke, Madison Kindler, Kirstin Brown and Kolby Franklin placed second in the Rifle tournament. The teams will host Rangely and Rifle today in the final games of the season, playing games at the high school and Barone Middle School.

MEEKER I The Meeker A.A.U. basketball teams have been very busy the past couple of weekends.

Six DI teams from Meeker headed to state

Six Destination Imagination teams from Meeker qualified in Rifle recently for the state competition. In addition, The Seven Mischief Minions of the Mind and the Snack Attacks received Da Vinci awards, given to teams who have a unique approach to a solution. The Hepta-tectives team received the Renaissance Award, given for outstanding skill in the areas of design, engineering or performance. The six teams will head to the state tournament in April.

MEEKER I Meeker was well represented with 10 teams at the 2014 Western Slope Regional Destination Imagination Tournament in Rifle during the past weekend. Six of those teams will be going to the state competition in April.