Strawberry Fire scorches 130 acres, 12 vehicles; homes saved

Just about an hour after first being reported, the grasslands around the Onea Miller and Grant Rozier residences are entrenched in smoke and fire, about 3.5 miles north of Highway 64 on County Road 7. Miraculously, despite the fact that nearly everything in this photo was scorched black, neither one of the homes was damaged despite flames coming within feet of the structures.

MEEKER I A spark from a lightning strike may have lain dormant until high winds stirred an inferno Thursday afternoon as a quickly moving, wind-pushed fire scorched 130 acres of private land and one-tenth of an acre of BLM land on its way to some heavy property damage just off County Road 7.

Indian paintbrush…

While the columbine is the Colorado State Flower and can be abundant around Colorado, the Indian paintbrush with its reddish-coral leaves is the state flower of Wyoming. Not nearly as common as the columbine, this Indian paintbrush appeared to be the only one in the area and was just off the pathway on the way to Trappers Lake overlook just above Scott Lake.

Lake Avery…

Saturday was a beautiful day in the mountains east of Meeker, and these two fishermen, as well as several other boats on the lake, took advantage of the glass-like waters on Lake Avery to enjoy their mid-afternoon pastime. There were plenty of folks on the lake and a number of family members and friends enjoying swimming off the docks.

Summer days…

Saturday was a beautiful day in the mountains east of Meeker, and these two fishermen, as well as several other boats on the lake, took advantage of the glass-like waters on Lake Avery to enjoy their mid-afternoon pastime. There were plenty of folks on the lake and a number of family members and friends enjoying swimming off the docks.

From My Window: Sadness over lake-area changes; school year wacky; drivers beware

I looked out my window on Saturday and saw a familiar sight I had never seen before. And while the scenery was nearly breathtakingly beautiful, there was a slight sadness brought on by visions of a place I saw differently long ago.

Thursday night of Sheepdog Classic shines spotlight on art and lamb

The winning 2014 Meeker Classic painting.

MEEKER I Kicking off the Wednesday following Labor Day, the town of Meeker will again open its doors to the world for the 29th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials.

Two wildfires burning in area

MEEKER I This past weekend’s lightning burst resulted in 34 wildfires in Northwest Colorado, but only two of those blazes are uncontained as of late Tuesday and wildland fire crews and engines are working towards wrapping them up.

Meeker board annexes Curtis Creek Industrial Park

MEEKER I The seated members of the Meeker Town Board gave unanimous approval Tuesday to the annexation of the Curtis Creek Industrial Park, which encompasses 35 acres on the east side of Highway 13, opposite the new Pioneers Medical Center.

Summer Entertainment Series…

Jon Chandler, center, a long-time Front Range purveyor of country, Western, folk and bluegrass music, brought his band to Meeker on Friday for a concert on the courthouse lawn under the setting sun. The combined sounds of the electric guitar, acoustical guitar and the mandolin made for a highly entertaining concert of mixed country-style music. Sponsored by the WRBM Recreation and Park District as part of its 10th annual Summer Entertainment Series, there was a group of about 60 people in attendance.

More photos from the 2015 RBC Fair…

Steer…

That’s a lot of beef under that rope, and it was impressive enough to earn its owner, Megan Parker, a first-place ribbon in Heat Three of the Beef 4-H Market Class at the Rio Blanco County Fair. In that same heat, second place went to Kaden Franklin and third went to Kolbi Franklin. Parker is a senior and has run out of eligibility at the fair, but she has been an award winner for several years.

Four Meeker streets get facelift

Residents in northeast Meeker may have faced a few neighborhood traffic delays last week and early this week as the Town of Meeker is competing its major repaving project for the summer. The full lengths of Third and Fifth streets as well as Hill and Cedar streets between Third and Fifth streets have been ground down two inches, running 15 feet from the curb and are being repaved to make the sides into better drains for runoff. Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros said the entire project should be completed this week.

MEEKER I Some of the streets in the east and northeast neighborhoods are the beneficiaries of the Town of Meeker’s 1.5-mile 2015 Paving Project, in which some town streets have already had their asphalt ground down and received a new two-inch overlay.