Rangely wins district title at home

Rangely players and coaches were district champions last Saturday after winning all three of the team’s matches. The Lady Panthers advance to Saturday’s regional tournament at Palisade.

Lady Panthers advance to regional tournament at Palisade RANGELY I They haven’t reached their ultimate goal, but they are one step closer. The Lady Panthers won all three of their matches at last week’s district tournament, which they hosted.

Panthers end season at 0-9

RANGELY I They didn’t win a game. But they didn’t quit. “It was a tough year,” said Rangely football coach Tim Galloway after the Panthers finished the season without a win. “But they kept fighting. They kept battling.”

Shocking! Meeker High shock assembly aims to scare students into safe driving habits

Celena Miner, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident in May 2008, told her story to students during an assembly Oct. 26 at Meeker High School. Celena was accompanied by her sister, Paulla, and her mom, Betsy. Celena is a 2009 Rangely High School graduate.

MEEKER I If the purpose was to shock, it worked. Graphic images of victims of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and accident victims who didn’t wear seatbelts were shown on a big screen during an assembly last week at Meeker High School. The images had the desired effect on students.

Sixth-grader recoving from his injuries

MEEKER I Two days after undergoing surgery Oct. 27, Dade Heck came home. A week earlier, Dade, a sixth-grader, was injured in an accident Oct. 22 during recess at Barone Middle School.

Local voters follow some state trends

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RBC I Voters, locally, turned out in big numbers for Tuesday’s general election. Seventy-six percent of voters in Rio Blanco County cast ballots. In some races, the outcome of local voting followed the statewide results. In other races, RBC voters bucked the statewide trends.

Cowboys need win, help in playoff push

Senior football players, including from left Jared Frantz, Ryan Wix, Victor Villalpando, Alema Atoafa and Trevor Matrisciano, honored their parents before last Friday’s homecoming game.

MEEKER I It’s down to a one-game season. Even then, the Cowboys will need some help. “We had to beat Hayden (to qualify for the playoffs),” Meeker football coach Jeff Palmer said. “Now we have to beat Hotchkiss. That would look really good on our resume for a wild-card berth.”

Mountain lion captured near fairgrounds

A jab stick was used to sedate the young mountain lion. Once it was captured it was put into a crate for transporting it to a shelter.

MEEKER I After eluding its captors for a couple of hours, a young mountain lion was corralled last week at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds. “I think that one was harder than usual,” Jon Wangnild of the Colorado Division of Wildlife said of the capture of the mountain lion Oct. 20.

New York court allows wild horse gather

RBC I In a decision handed down a long way from northwest Colorado, a federal court in New York denied a lawsuit last week to prevent the gathering of wild horses from the North Piceance Herd Area.

Striegel Engineering Center dedicated at CNCC Rangely

Brothers Randy, left, and Bud Striegel and sister Cheryl Olson cut the ribbon during a dedication ceremony last Friday for the W.C. Striegel Engineering Center.

RANGELY I Blazing new trails is nothing new for the W.C. Striegel Company. The company specializes in laying pipeline in the rugged and treacherous high country of Colorado and other western states.

Orphaned mountain lion corralled

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MEEKER | It took some doing, but a young mountain lion was corralled Wednesday afternoon near the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds and not far from the new Meeker Elementary School. The lion, estimated to be about six months old, was captured and taken by DOW officials to a wildlife refuge

Opinion: Memories of Gene Scritchfield live on two years later

It’s been almost two years since Gene Scritchfield died. His memory, however, lives on. And it always will. As someone wrote to Gene’s wife, Ann Marie, after his death, “Gene’s presence will be felt in those mountains forever.”

Wild horse gather attracts international attention

MEEKER I This month’s gathering of wild horses by the BLM is drawing a lot of attention. Even from the international media. Two French journalists were in Meeker last week to cover the gathering and to interview Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, at the Blue Spruce Inn.