Road possible to fight area coal fire

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is working closely with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to extinguish a coal seam fire burning in the long-abandoned Black Diamond Mine above Meeker.

From My Window: Eggs have great uses; incentives good for business; IOOF and quakes

I was looking out my window and everything I looked at appeared scrambled. Then I looked again and realized that the window I looked at was filthy from the wind and rain storm last week and not only couldn’t I see out my windows at home, but the windows on my car were worse.

9Health Fair in Meeker on Saturday

MEEKER I Pioneers Medical Center and Channel 9 TV in Denver will host the annual 9Health Fair on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Meeker Elementary School, where a series of low-cost screenings and tests and free health checks will be offered to those attending.

Meeker’s IOOF building turns 118; on National Register for one year

The front door of Mountain Valley Bank and a plaque denoting that the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

MEEKER I The building that now houses Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker has a long and colorful past, having started out as the home of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, Valentine Lodge No. 47. Now, 118 years later, it serves as the home of the bank. It had several other identities between times.

Colorful Characters…

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society presented a history lesson and a couple of skits on Sunday afternoon, titled “Colorful Characters to RBC,” focusing on six well-known personalities who add to the history of our county: Calamity Jane, Eleanor Roosevelt, author Zane Grey, Theodore Roosevelt, Chief Colorow and local native-turned-actor Ken Sanderson, who went on to Hollywood and became  Buddy Roosevelt, before returning to Meeker in 1968 and dying in 1973. Meeker’s Gail Rogers portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in a skit.

Cone zone…

Construction has begun on westbound Market Street sidewalks in Meeker which will result in intermittent shoulder closures. Above, a crew begins work on the crosswalk at Fifth and Market streets, a part of the project, which will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Drivers are reminded to slow down when driving through the cone zone.

Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Jr.

The cast of “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” performed admirably the musical in performances Friday and Saturday evenings at the Meeker High School auditorium. Performers included Meeker High School Drama Club students, Barone Middle School students and teacher Shana Holliday in the lead role of Tom. Other performers were Sam Baylie, Sena Zellers, Annalise Amack, Savana May, Mason Holiday and Sydnie Main.

From My Window… After Front Range visit, beauty of small towns becomes clear

Looking out my window I saw a lot of pollution, a lot of red taillights and stoplights, a lot of concrete barriers, construction barriers, lots of police cars and heard an abundance of police sirens, ambulance sirens and fire truck sirens. Such has become a regular part of traveling Colorado’s Front Range, and such was […]

In search of fish…

Sunday presented fishermen and women around Rio Blanco County with beautiful warm and sunny weather. Several folks from Craig came down to fish at Rio Blanco Lake, about 18 miles west of Meeker, because they said the fish they were after—crappie and perch—aren’t available in Moffat County. There were several groups fishing the lake and the anglers reported a few fish being landed and several hits that weren’t.


What a difference 100 feet makes. Above is the Lake Avery spillway, which is running high into the concrete pond at the bottom of the spillway, where the water is overflowing and rushing toward the White River. Meanwhile, up on lake itself, some ice remains, but there is now open water between the shore and the ice on the lake.

Calving season…

Calving season has moved into full action the past two or three weeks all around Rio Blanco, with a few exceptions. The cows and their calves were fully enjoying the sunny weather on Sunday in this field along Piceance Creek, along County Road 5.

From My Window… Future of Brothers unknown; Piceance Creek an unexpected surprise

It kind of ruined my day when I saw the “For Sale” sign on Brothers Meat Processing in Meeker a couple of weeks ago. First of all, I hated to think that another business was going to leave Meeker, and I hated to possibly lose a store where I was at least a part-time customer. […]