Rangely’s ‘few good plays’ aren’t enough against rivals

Team captains for Rangely on Friday were, from left, Brian Rector, Zakk Wenzel, Cole Barlow and Justin Goddard.

RANGELY I Ah, the what-ifs. That’s the kind of thing that can drive a coach crazy. “I counted two touchdown passes that were dropped that were easily scores,” Rangely coach Tim Galloway said after looking at the film of last Friday’s 39-8 homecoming loss to rival Meeker. “Making those plays, that’s the difference between a […]

Cowboys can secure playoff spot with homecoming win

Meeker running back Alema Atoafa rushed for 151 yards against rival Rangely.

MEEKER I It didn’t take long for first-year football coach Jeff Palmer to figure out the cross-county rivalry with Rangely was a big deal. Like before he even was hired. “When I was getting interviewed, they said you either beat Rangely or get fired,” Palmer said. “They said it and laughed, but I think it […]

Rangely looks to extend stellar season

JEFF BURKHEAD Rangely’s Kelsey Harvey, left, and Victoria Phelan waited for a serve during Friday’s homecoming match against rival Meeker. The Lady Panthers won both of their matches last weekend to improve to 15-1.

Lady Panthers have eyes on league title RANGELY I Friday, the Lady Panthers will play their final regular-season volleyball match. But that doesn’t mean the season is over. Far from it. Rangely travels to Kremmling to play West Grand on Friday. The following week is the district tournament, followed by regionals and followed by state.

Shifting soils at new school site prompt questions of oversight

The eventual location of the Meeker Elementary School was one of three sites considered for building the new school.

Meeker schools have had long history of problems caused by shifting soils Editor’s note: Residents who had problems with the site of the new elementary school shared their concerns long before the situation occurred with the gym. Because of fears about possible retribution for speaking out publicly, they requested anonymity.

Board felt site best met district’s needs

Editor’s note: Following the announcement of the temporary closing of the gym at the new Meeker Elementary School, Mary Strang, president of the Meeker School Board, responded to a set of questions about the new school:

Lady Panthers hit the road to defeat Hayden

RANGELY I Playing a road game against a league opponent can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. Or not. “We played great,” Rangely volleyball coach Jimmie Mergelman said about last Friday’s three-set win at Hayden. “We played the best we’ve played yet.”

Lady Cowboys volleyball team drops pair of league matches

Meeker senior Laura Glass not only is a starter on the Lady Cowboy volleyball team but she also regularly sings the national anthem before sporting events, like she did before last Friday’s Western Slope League match against Paonia.

MEEKER I The Lady Cowboy volleyball team lost two Western Slope League matches last week and will play two more this weekend, including a home match, honoring parents and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Saturday afternoon.

Awareness of domestic violence is a year-round effort

Officially, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For Sandy McKelvey and other volunteers who are involved with Rangely Victim Services, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is every month. Making people aware of domestic violence — and that help is available — is an ongoing, year-round effort.

Steel company owner charged in felony theft

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MEEKER I A three-month investigation led to the arrest of Randall Devaney, 52, who cashed a check from the Meeker Cemetery District for more than $25,000 — partial payment on a metal building — but the materials never arrived.

Smithsonian exhibit is coming to Meeker

MEEKER I Fences. Cole Porter sang about them. So did Roy Rogers and Bing Crosby. And more recently, so did Nickel Creek and Willie Nelson. “Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, Don’t fence me in.

Safety concerns close gym at new Meeker Elementary

MEEKER I Seven weeks after the dedication of the new elementary school, the gym was temporarily closed because of safety concerns about the east wall. “We discovered some movement in the wall, at the place where the roof meets the wall,” Principal Jason Hightower said. “There’s too much pressure from the soil pushing the wall […]

Maes pledges support for Western Slope

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes greeted Robbie LeFevre, 8, son of Doug and Lisa LeFevre of Rangely, after arriving for a campaign visit last Saturday at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

RANGELY I If elected, Dan Maes, Republican candidate for governor, pledged to speak for the Western Slope. “You will have a voice in Denver, if you need it,” he said. But first, Maes has to get elected.