Guest Editorial: Easy entitlement access undermines nation’s work ethic

RBC I “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. Although sometimes considered the father of the American entitlement state, FDR understood that our sense of achievement and self-sufficiency comes from our work.

MES reading challenge ends with goat kisses

Meeker Elementary School third-grade teacher Samantha Wilson kisses a goat while MES Principal Kathy Collins waits her turn. The two had to kiss the critters because MES students read roughly 2,500 books in a month the school dedicated to STEM education. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

MEEKER I January was book-crazy at the Meeker Elementary School Library. It was an entire month of fun things focused around the library, and this year the theme was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Much to be done before Meeker area receives National Register tag – Part Two of Two

MEEKER I EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week we looked at the plan for the possible inclusion of part of downtown Meeker on the National Register of Historic places and the lack of forced restrictions on any property owner within the proposed district. This week, we look at the process, the grants and other funds available, the […]

Stockgrowers: Variety of topics discussed, arena named to honor C.W. ‘Bill’ Brennan

RBC I Rio Blanco County Commissioner Shawn Bolton announced to the Rio Blanco Stockgrowers on Feb. 7 that the county is naming the indoor arena at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds the C.W. “Bill” Brennan Arena in honor of the late former county commissioner and Piceance Creek cattle producer.

A hot time in the ol’ town…

The Clover Loafers played host to more than 100 guests on Saturday night for a free Valentine’s Day dance at the Hugus Building in downtown Meeker. Members of the band are, in front, from left to right, David Mains on guitar, Mary K. Krueger on keyboard and Dave Cole on violin with drummer Brett Smithers in back on the drums. The event drew a wide range of dancers from those in their teens to those whose teen years are in the distant past, but all seemed to have fun.

MSD forum addresses public issues

MEEKER I Meeker School Superintendent Mark Meyer and the Meeker School Board held an open forum Feb. 3, and several members of the public took advantage of the occasion to present several questions to the officials. The forum opened with Superintendent Mark Meyer surprising almost everyone in the room by submitting his letter of resignation, […]

Bolton urges residents to fight proposed OHV bill

RBC I The Colorado State House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would impact OHV operators statewide, including a change that would require an OHV operator to have a state-issued driver’s license in order to operate any Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) including ATVs and side-by-sides.

Obituary: Artie Parr

Artie Parr

Artie L. Parr, 88, died Saturday Feb. 7, 2015. She died at home, surrounded by her sisters and children, just as she would have wanted. She was born Jan. 25, 1927, in Grand Junction, Colo., to Greek immigrants Hariklia Roufoulas and Louis J. Eliopulos. She was the fifth of six children, one of whom died […]

Meeker Library addition looks at late-February opening

Above is the main study area at the new Meeker library, complete with radiant heat in the floors as well as electrical and Internet plugs. The audio/visual lab and three computer labs will be situated in the cubicles on the east wall, and the main room will also have a pull-down screen and projector.

MEEKER I The new 2,700 square-foot addition to Meeker Library has been a long time coming, but librarian Mike Bartlett is happy to say that the end of the construction is in sight. He said Friday that the contractor told him that it looks that the project will be completed by late February.

Forget New Year’s resolutions; just make mistakes

Heather Zadra

This early in the new year, print and digital media can’t say enough about resolutions. On ABC News, it’s the science behind achieving them, while Time.com warns us of the pitfalls that destroy them.

Year in Review: June~December 2014

Gov. John Hickenlooper made an hour-long stop in Meeker on Oct. 10 at Mountain Valley Bank before heading to see the new Pioneers Medical Center and continue his state tour. The bank’s meeting room had a standing-room-only crowd of Republicans and Democrats from both sides of the county as Hickenlooper answered audience questions regarding the energy industry in Northwestern Colorado, economic and business growth in Colorado—recently pegged as having the No. 1 growing economy in the nation, how the state was the first ever to have to cope with 13 major disasters from floods to fires in just one year, how Colorado is being watched for its ability to get energy, environment and government groups together to work out an energy policy that pleases all sides, and state health issues, including how the state abortion rate has been cut by 40 percent and teen pregnancy is down 35 percent.

RBC I This week we will look at news and events that took place between June and December 2014.

RBCHS seeks younger members during drive

RBC I Youth is very much a vital part of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society. Even though senior adults make up the largest percentage of the membership, young people are closely tied to many programs, outreaches and efforts.