Car museum in Rangely…

Work on the so-called “Peacock Building” site in Rangely is well under way as owner Bud Striegel waits for project completion for his new car museum, which he hopes will be complete in the next two or three months.

Visitors find Range Call a great time

The Meeker Massacre Pageant can-can girls’ float in the annual Fourth of July Range Call Parade earned the Most Creative Award from the float judges. The Range Call Parade had people lined up seven deep in some places as several hundred viewers took in the wide variety of entries. Other award winners: Best of Show to Sable Mountain Outfitters; People’s Choice to Veterans of Meeker VFW Post No. 5843 and Rangely VFW Post No. 5261; and Judges’ Choice to Meeker Drug for sponsoring the post-parade fly-over by Vern Randall and Dick Jones in the WWII SNJ, which is a Navy version of the famous AT-6 Texan of World War II.

MEEKER I The annual Meeker Range Call celebration is one that takes tremendous planning, preparation and of course, performances from the variety of talents from town and outside.

Coed Softball…

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The 2013 Coed Softball season, sponsored by the ERBM Recreation and Parks District, started Monday with seven teams registered, including the defending champions, Rangely True Value Hardware, and six teams from Meeker.

Meeker girl wins $1,000 Sheepdog Trial scholarship

Aubrey Walsh

MEEKER I Volunteers are the lifeblood of any vibrant community and an essential part of what led to Aubrey Walsh of Meeker being named the recipient of the 2013 Meeker Classic Memorial Scholarship.

Hurricanes swimmers compete at Montrose meet

Rangely Hurricanes Brandon Willis, Phillip Noyes, Timothy Scoggins and Colton Noel take advantage of a photo opportunity before swimming the 200 medley relay in Montrose. The Hurricanes will next compete in the Western Slope Championships in Grand Junction.

RANGELY I A dozen Rangely Hurricanes swam in the Montrose Marlin Summer Open Saturday and Sunday in preparation of the Western Slope Championships to be held in Grand Junction this weekend.

Renovations…

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Friends of the Tank’s Bruce Odland, left, and Jeremiah Moore take measurements of the Tank in preparation for cleaning and renovations on Friday.

Dick Welle to retire from WREA after 38 years

Dick Welle, the general manager of White River Electric Association officially retires on Oct. 1 after 38 years with the company and 12 years at the helm. Welle plans to remain in Meeker and enjoy a little more time fishing and relaxing, but he will also stay on with WREA/Tri-State as a consultant.

RBC I On Oct. 1, Dick Welle will no longer be standing by the window of his second-story office, overlooking the domain that has filled his life for 38 years. On that date, he is stepping down as general manager of White River Electric Association (WREA).

Fires now contained…

Helicopter pilot J.T. Theis of Vale, Ore., flies toward Meeker Airport, sliding between the moon and the horizon as he flies a helicopter owned by Hillcrest Aircraft Co. of Lewiston, Idaho on Saturday.

Program highlighted area pioneers

Ten Meeker-area women portrayed members of the area’s pioneer families during the “Pioneer Women in Rio Blanco County” presentation put on by the Rio Blanco County Historical Society on Sunday at Kilowatt Korner in Meeker. Roughly 75 persons attended the program.

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco Historical Society’s “Pioneer Women of Rio Blanco County” program drew more than 70 persons Sunday to enjoy the telling of tales dating back at least decades in county history.

Veterans’ memorial…

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Hoot Gibson, Commander of V.F.W. Post 5162 in Rangely, recently presented a maquette of the Veterans’ Memorial to Rangely mayor Frank Huitt (trustees Clayton Gohr and Brad Casto are also pictured) at a recent town council meeting in recognition of the town’s financial support of the project. Veterans in Rio

Commissioners approve cell tower, defend 2nd amendment

RBC I Rio Blanco County commissioners signed a resolution to approve a Special Use Permit, with eight conditions, for Mercury Towers to construct a 105-foot telecommunication tower on land owned by Joe and Kelly Conrado.

Commission adopts rules

RBC I Coloradans, conservationists, impacted landowners and legislative leaders criticized new setback rules passed by Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). While the new rules marginally increased setback distances, a number of loopholes and exemptions were included which effectively allow heavy industrial oil and gas development even closer to Colorado homes, schools, […]