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.

White River Museum offers something for everyone; exhibits show life in early days

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RBC I Visitors to Meeker’s White River Museum seem to find a favorite piece or area that takes them back to a different time and place, when and where they are filled with the wonder of what life was like for the area’s pioneers.

From My Window… Skiing requires money tree; museum impresses; sports return

I just looked out my window and you know what I didn’t see? Not in any direction did I see a single tree with money growing from the branches. I didn’t notice any bills hanging from the trees during the summer, either. But someone must know where they are.

Meeker woman wins competition, awards for her dancing at sea

Elaine Jordan shows off the gold paperweight for winning her ship’s competition with professional dancer Christian and the watch she won for competing in the cruise ship line’s national competition.

MEEKER I Elaine Jordan enjoys her dancing, and she is good enough at it that she won a cruise line competition tied to Dancing with the Stars, including making it to the finals for the competition.

MHS wrestlers produce three champs, finish fourth at Delta

Meeker two-time defending state champion T.J. Shelton was one of five Cowboys to wrestle in the championship match and one of three to win the Delta Invitational. Shelton is pictured lifting Kory Mills of Delta off his feet before taking him down. Shelton won the championship match 9-1. Sheridan Harvey and Casey Turner also won titles and the Cowboys finished fourth as a team. For the first time in several years, Meeker was invited back to wrestle in the Warrior Classic, which starts Friday.

MEEKER I “We improved from the previous week,” Meeker wrestling coach J.C. Watt said of his team’s fourth-place finish at the Delta Invitational on Saturday. Watt hopes his team continues to improve this week, because for the first time in several years, the Cowboys have been invited back to the Warrior Classic.

Update on new Rio Blanco County dam

RBC I The Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District held a public meeting Dec. 2 to discuss the feasibility study for a new water storage facility within Rio Blanco County along the White River.

Final EIS sets rules for oil, gas exploration in White River Nat’l Forest

RBC I White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams announced on Tuesday the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for future oil and gas leasing on the Forest.

CPW seeks public help after 3 more elk poached

RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating three additional incidents of illegally killed bull elk in high-quality hunting units in Northwest Colorado, adding to three high-quality bulls illegally killed in Game Management Unit 10 in early November, near the town of Dinosaur.



Fossil removed from site after damage

DINOSAUR I Dr. Brooks Britt from Brigham Young University (BYU) removed the remaining portion of a juvenile sauropod humerus that was vandalized in early September on Dec. 2.

EPA issues operation permit for Bonanza plant production

RBC I Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Title V permit allowing Deseret Power Electric Cooperative’s (DPEC’s) Bonanza power plant to continue operating under existing emissions control requirements. The final permit will go into effect Jan. 7, 2015.