County unemployment rate drops

RBC I After a rise in the Rio Blanco County unemployment rate between May and June, the jobless rate fell a full percentage point in July and is also below the rate for July 2014.

MVB Fall Festival fun on Saturday

A crowd of several hundred people took part in Mountain Valley Bank’s 2014 Fall Festival in downtown Meeker last year. This year, the event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be plenty of food booths and games on hand to help occupy kids from infant to adult. The 12th annual Mountain Valley Bank Fall Festival is sponsored by the bank so local non-profit groups can raise money. It will be co-hosted by White River Electric Association and the ERBM Recreation and Park District.

MEEKER I Downtown Meeker will be abuzz from mid morning to mid afternoon on Saturday with the 12th annual Mountain Valley Bank Fall Festival. Morning activities will begin with late registration for the ninth annual Scrub Shirt Classic 5K Run/Walk. Pre-registration is taking place through Friday by visiting host Pioneers Medical Center’s website at […]

From My Window: Front Range nice, but…; the leaves are changing; cardiac Broncos

John Denver wrote the lyrics, “Gee, it’s nice to be back home again!” And while I returned late last week from seven nights in Glenwood Springs, Fort Collins and Boulder, the clean windows on my car presented a beautiful fall trip through the mountains, where my wife and I saw the aspens ranging from a […]

94 cars, drivers and teams enjoy ‘best indoor car show’

Nearly 100 cars of all colors, sizes, makes and nations were rounded up in the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds exhibit hall on Thursday as more than 90 drivers from Colorado Grand converged on Meeker for their annual tour. Inclement weather changed everyone’s plans late in the morning as the drivers, their cars and their teams were initially going to meet on the courthouse lawn.

MEEKER | There were 94 cars and drivers who battled the rain from Steamboat Springs on Thursday to reach the protection of the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds for what one official called the “best indoor car show we have ever had in the 27 years of our tour.”


Lawsuit filed to halt scheduled wild horse roundup in county

RBC I Late Friday, a lawsuit was filed in federal court by The Cloud Foundation (TCF), Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF), The Colorado Wild Horse and Burro Coalition (CWHBC), Dr. Don Moore and Toni Moore of Fruita, Colo., and Barb Flores of Greeley, Colo., to block the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed roundups of horses […]

The Tank…

Several hundred folks gathered outside the door of The Tank in Rangely on Sunday night during Septemberfest to hear the sounds produced inside. The number of visitors stayed steady and they were not disappointed with what they heard. All who enter The Tank must remove their shoes so as not to damage the acoustical padding on the floor.

Annual Quilt Show Saturday …

These were some of the quilts on display during the 2014 PEO Quilts in the Country Show in Meeker. The 2015 PEO Quilts in the Country show has been set for Friday and Saturday, running during the Meeker Classic Championship Sheepdog Trials. The quilts will be on display from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Fairfield Center, 200 Main. Old and new quilts are the center point for this show, featuring dozens of quilts made by mostly local hands. The proceeds from the $3 entry fee will benefit educational assistance and opportunities for women. In addition to the quilts on display, the PEO is again holding one of Meeker’s favorite fall events with its Country Bake Sale.

From My Window: Why Trump is so well liked; Rangely’s The Tank is gold mine

Peering out my window, the skies appear mostly clear on the horizon except for a few afternoon thunderstorms that are still forming as we approach the first day of fall later this month. At first glance, it seems those thunderstorms, which have been present here for most of the spring and summer, are kind of […]

Fire dancers…

Part of the show on Friday night given by the Polynesian Fire Dancers at Meeker Town Park was to learn the hula, an exercise several Meeker women and girls took the dancers up on. The duo, sponsored by Flora Bella florist shop in Meeker, did a variety of dances from the South Pacific, including the hula, Maori war dances and fire dances.

29th annual Meeker Sheepdog Classic begins on Wednesday

The sheepdog competitions have their roots in the highlands of Scotland and Ireland and, as such, are associated with the “pipes” of the Irish and Scottish bagpipers. There will be pipers on hand during the Meeker Classic, and their instruments can be heard periodically as they practice between performances.

MEEKER I Seven hundred and fifty sheep have been separated from their summer home and flock in the high country above Vail and are headed to Meeker. These Merino cross yearlings are known in the dog trialing world as tough and independent sheep that challenge even the best dog and handler teams.

Barone sets new Big Bucks and Bulls contest

MEEKER I Once again this year, Barone Middle School in Meeker will holds its annual Big Bucks and Bulls Contest in which students at the school can win nice prizes and improve their math at the same time by bringing in the deer or elk antlers they harvest this hunting season.