From My Window… Schools begin — use caution; Meeker School District faces tough year

Schools in Rangely and Meeker will be open for classes next week and drivers are cautioned to be more aware with young children walking the streets to and from school and with more bicycles on the roadways than normal.

Dorsett will not be returning to teach at MHS this year

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The story below was written after the Aug. 5 meeting of the Meeker School Board but before the open executive session on Monday this week. At the Monday meeting, the board and Dorsett were unable to agree on terms.

130 years old…

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Today’s issue marks the start of 130th year of the Herald Times. The Herald Times is the oldest continuous business in Rio Blanco County and one of the oldest newspapers in Colorado. The Meeker Herald and the Rangely Times were combined into one operation in 2000 and current owner/publisher

Bears, lions reported in county towns

RBC I Luckily there haven’t been any tiger sightings in Rio Blanco County, but bears and lions have been on the minds of law enforcement and wildlife officers in in Meeker and Rangely this summer.

More Fair Fun…

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Painting entries at the Rio Blanco County Fair took on many looks and many mediums. One local artist who nailed the oil landscape in the seniors 60-plus class was Norma Oldland, who garnered a first place ribbon as well as the Best of Show ribbon in her category.

Rough & Tumble Rodeo…

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It wasn’t all ribbon pulling and goat tying for county youngsters at the Lil’ Buckaroo Rodeo on Saturday at the Rio Blanco County Fair.

Quilts…

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All big winners, these three quilts took quite a few ribbons at the Rio Blanco County Fair, with judging held last week.

Champions and Reserve Champions at the 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Sale

Rio Blanco County Fair Fun…

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Ellen Reichert of Meeker made away with a large haul during the horticulture competition at the Rio Blanco County Fair. Reichert’s Red Lake currants captured the fair’s horticulture Best in Show award as well as champion and first-place ribbons.

From My Window… Fair a bright light for Rio Blanco County; Meeker’s Wilson returns

Whew! The Rio Blanco County Fair is over, and there are a lot of folks taking it a little easier today (Sunday), after a long stretch of tough days.

Unemployment rate continues to drop in Rio Blanco County

RBC I For the fourth straight month, the June unemployment rate is down slightly in Rio Blanco County, using seasonally non-adjusted figures. Unemployment numbers are down more than 1.8 percent from June 2013.

Library addition…

Construction continues on the addition to the Meeker Library, located on the southeast corner of Main and Fifth streets. The addition, located east of the current library, is being enlarged for a classroom in the front of the building, which is the north end of the new construction, and will have a courtyard with a stage, planters and a fountain on the south end of the addition. Meeker librarian Mike Bartlett said the project is set for completion in September.