Snow in the high country…

Demonstrating the job that lay ahead, this Rio Blanco County snow plow shows what lies in front of it while trying to clear County Road 8 up over Ripple Creek Pass all the way over into Routt County on Wednesday. As of noon on May 20, the Rio Blanco County road crew had less than four miles to go to clear a narrow route the entire length of the closure. The crew was also battling a major blizzard on top of the pass, but were able to finish the initial path and open the road. The road will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a lot of caution as there is a lot of snow, melt-off and mud, making the travel treacherous for possibly a couple weeks, the county Road and Bridge Department advised on Friday.

Sunny skies greet MHS grads as they move on in their lives

Vicki Crawford, at the podium, just presented MHS Class of 2015 Valedictorian Brittany Smith with a VFW scholarship, one of many scholarships handed out at the commencement on Saturday morning. To the far right is counselor Amy Chinn, who was assisting with the handing out of scholarships.

MEEKER I After heavy rains all night, Meeker awoke on Saturday to clear and sunny skies. The break in the rain allowed the 38 members of the Meeker High School Class of 2015, their families and friends, high school faculty, administration representatives and junior class “Daisy Chain” escorts to gather at Starbuck Stadium for the […]

From My Window: Busy week: Graduations, concert, snow, NHS, Memorial Day

Sean McMahon, Editor

What a week it has been. One thing certain about working for a newspaper— small or large—it is not often a boring proposition. And for as small a county as this is, this past week has been amazingly busy.

Spring Concert…

Meeker High School/Barone Middle School music director Jeff Hemingson, far right, joined the Jazz Band members at Monday night’s 2015 MSD Spring Concert. Members of the Jazz Band are Lauren Urista on alto sax, Delenn Mobley on clarinet and Shelby Steele on flute. Not visible behind the band is percussionist Macy Collins.

From My Window: Graduation a great time—with a touch of reality

This Saturday, Rio Blanco’s two high schools are going to turn a bunch of teenagers into adults and turn them loose on the world. Chances are pretty good, I’d say, that the world will be a better place because of it.

Meeker real estate listings up but the actual sales down

MEEKER I According to the Craig Association of Realtors, Meeker real estate listings are up but sales are down over the past year.

Pioneers Healthcare Foundation scholarship fundraiser a success

Matt Holliday of Meeker, center, led his Matt Holiday Band on Saturday night at the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Gala dinner and entertainment. The band started playing around 6 p.m. at the event to raise money for health-care-related college scholarships for students and hospital employees, and they continued to play until after the “casino” closed its doors, to allow for some late dancing.

From My Window: Life in farming and ranching takes unique person; local quake happened

My windows must be a bit fogged after last week’s column about the Meeker School District, but why on earth would one want to make their living in the agriculture field—as either a farmer or a rancher. Both of those seem like such a lot of hard work…

Sandhill cranes…

These two sandhill cranes, known for the red crested feathers on the top of their heads, stopped in a field off County Road 4, roughly five miles just south of Meeker, on Thursday morning. One would guess they stopped in for a snack along their usually long trek to the north for the warmer summer temperatures.

Meekerpalooza and Range Call plan to move most events to Ute Park

MEEKER I Meekerpalooza Arts and Music Festival, to be held on Saturday, June 6, and Range Call, held annually during the Fourth of July in Meeker, will take on a new look this year as both events, which have had a heavy presence in downtown Meeker, will be making a major move to Ute Park, […]

Lake Avery…

Ready to host visitors now that the weather has gotten warmer is the Lake Avery picnic area, just off County Road 8, roughly 21 miles east of Meeker. The picnic areas are clean and feature barbecue grills at each site, the restrooms are open and have been cleaned and the docks are in place so boats can launch and folks can spend an entire day enjoying the fun and sun.

From My Window: Salute to the mothers of the world, MSD picture all snow

Happy Mother’s Day come Sunday. There are two groups of people in the world, but even more in our country that I don’t think you can say enough good about.