Range Call brings four days of fun events to Meeker

The annual Fourth of July parade down Main Street in Meeker draws a big crowd of all ages to celebrate. This year’s theme is “Cowboy Pride.” The parade will begin Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

MEEKER I For 131 years, the Fourth of July has been a big deal in Meeker and Rio Blanco County. This year is no exception as the 131st annual Meeker Range Call gets underway on Friday and continues with all kinds of activities—inside and out—through the culmination with fireworks at dusk on Monday, the Fourth.

From My Window: The TANK an unmatched joy; fishing the best of childhood dreams

It was a true joy to be invited to be a part of Friday night’s special bash at the Solstice Gathering 2016 at The TANK Center for Sonic Arts—as The TANK is now formally known.

Two new county commissioners coming in January

RBC I Two new county commissioners will take their seats in Rio Blanco County in January as the Republican primary election Tuesday ended up with former Rio Blanco County Sheriff Si Woodruff soundly defeating incumbent Jeff Eskelson and Rangely businessman Jeff Rector squeaking by incumbent Jon Hill by 17 votes.

Elk…

Standing out in the middle of short bushes on the far side of the White River from County Road 8, which runs east out of Meeker, was this lone cow elk on Sunday afternoon. She stood out among the darker green leaves about 50 yards up the hill on the far side of the river. Little game was visible on Sunday afternoon as the critters may have just been enjoying a relaxing day in the sun.

County’s unemployment rate climbs to fourth

RBC I The unemployment picture improved from April to May in Rio Blanco County, rising from the No. 2 highest county jobless rate in the state to being tied for the No. 4 highest, seeing an increase of 93 employees who are working and a decrease of 10 persons who are unemployed.

Inaugural Meeker Classic Cattledog Trials: National Finals

Nothing is more impressive to watch than the combination of handler, dog and horse during the two horseback classes out of five at the 2016 Meeker Classic National Cattledog Association Finals held in Meeker beginning June 15 and running through Sunday. More than 2,000 people were estimated to have visited Ute Park during the trials to watch 140 of the best cattledogs from Colorado, the United States and Canada.

Sandhill family…

There is a new family of sandhill cranes in Rio Blanco County. This mom, dad and two young cranes were spotted Saturday afternoon along County Road 36, south of Meeker. Several sightings of sandhill cranes have been noted this spring, particularly in eastern Rio Blanco County.

Business opens…

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A ribbon cutting was held Friday for Country Raised, a new store located at 275 6th St. in Meeker, owned by Makala Barton. The store specializes in farmhouse-style décor, classic style toys, Colorado-made chocolates and unique gifts. Present at the ribbon cutting were, from left to right, JoAnn Goss-Gardner of the chamber, Meeker Chamber Executive […]

Fish fry…

The weather couldn’t have been much better for the annual Buford School annual fish fry, which was held Saturday at the school, located along County Road 17, about 22 miles east of Meeker. Saturday’s crowd just kept on coming for the two hours of the white fish dinner, and the incredibly vast array of side dishes and desserts showed that the women of the area do know how to throw a great feed.

Meekerpalooza and other fun events on a Saturday afternoon

From My Window: Volunteers make the county go ’round; Meekerpalooza a success

There’s always the Rio Blanco County Fair, Range Call and the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials. Those are the big multi-day events that fall on the summer calendar in Rio Blanco County. Then there is Rangely’s Septemberfest, which runs a couple of days in late summer.

CNCC Rodeo Team sends 7 to nationals; ESPN will televise

RANGELY I The Colorado Northwestern Community College Rodeo Team has seven students competing this week at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., this week.