From My Window… County was great place to be for Fourth of July

Another busy weekend just passed, and if someone in either Meeker or Rangely said there was nothing to do, their heads were certainly buried in the deep grasses growing abundantly around Rio Blanco County. The one regret I have for the weekend is that I was not able to make both celebrations. I was pretty […]

For visitors and locals, Range Call weekend was success

All excited at the Chris Cagle concert on Saturday night during Range Call, Josh Simmons, 3, of Meeker was just a little bummed out because he had just broken the stick that held his American flag. However, after taking a break following Damsel’s performance at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds, he was raring to get back and watch Cagle’s set.

MEEKER I The main three days of the annual Meeker Range Call were impressive to visitors and fun for locals over the past Thursday through Saturday night, and a few newcomers who were just passing through said they would make a point of returning on the Fourth of July weekend next year.

Republicans turn out to vote at 62 percent; 30 percent of Dems vote

RBC I Tuesday’s election day belonged to the Republicans in Rio Blanco County as they had at least a couple of contested races while the county Democrats had none. Nevertheless, there is an indicator in even uncontested races as to how popular a candidate is when votes received are measured against other uncontested candidates.

Rio Blanco’s unemployment down again

RBC I The unemployment rates in Rio Blanco County and the State of Colorado continued to drop in May, setting a strong trend of new jobs as the state heads into summer.

From My Window… County election works impress; holiday fun in Meeker, Rangely

Spent last Tuesday night on special duty, acting as an Associated Press writer to cover the Rio Blanco County elections for the state media, and a heck of a night it was. I’ve done it before and it isn’t really any fun, but it is always interesting to see the work being done.

Demolition derby…

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A variety of events were held Friday night as part of the demolition derby at the county fairgrounds in Meeker. In addition to the two-car demolition derby (five cars from Wyoming failed to show up) there were foot races and various competitions for four-wheelers, side-by-sides and large OHVs. Above, this driver cut it a bit […]

Grand fireworks show set for dark on Fourth of July

This is one of the fireworks from July 4, 2013, shot off at dark from Highland Cemetery above Meeker’s Town Park and Circle Park. There are a number of locations in town where the cemetery hill is clearly visible.

MEEKER I People might think they have to head to the big city for a decent fireworks display, but Meeker residents and past Range Call attendees know better. Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers and community support, Meeker’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display gets better every year.

Re-enactment resurrects Meeker bank robbery

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s claims to fame was the dramatic attempted robbery of the Bank of Meeker on Oct. 13, 1896.

Meeker Chamber of Commerce offers hospitality classes next week

MEEKER I Prior to the Meeker Chamber of Commerce starting a Meeker Ambassador Program (MAP), the chamber will offer local hospitality training next week to local businesses, employees and individuals to assist in providing high-quality service and hospitality to increase and improve tourism relations.

Town of Meeker cracking down on dead trees, unmowed lawns

These branches were piled in the street in a Meeker neighborhood on Friday. This is the type of trash and debris, including unmowed and untrimmed lawns, that the Town of Meeker will be cracking down on in the next few months, in the hope that residents will respond and clean up their residences. The city is serious about the problem, according to Meeker Town Manager Scott Meszaros, who said the town will be enforcing clean-up rules on residents who refuse.

MEEKER I Meeker Mayor Regas Halandras and the Meeker Board of Trustees have focused their attention on the long-standing weed and property clean-up ordinance.

Range Call events begin on Saturday

MEEKER I Endurance, perseverance and stubborn tenacity were characteristic of Meeker’s pioneer settlers. Today’s residents share those same traits, living in a community that continues to survive and do well in spite of booms and busts, droughts and floods, times of plenty and times of want.

From My Window… A countywide look at trash, concerts and Rangely tragedy

I applaud the nudge from the Town of Meeker requiring residents and landlords to pick up limbs and trash from their properties and to require thigh-high grass to be cut.