Elk moving…

This group of 12 elk is the last of a herd of more than 80 head of elk just before they crossed the White River on a recent morning about 200 yards upriver from the Miller Creek Bridge just off County Road 8. It took more than 20 minutes for the entire herd to cross the river, then they headed up a steep cliff to an open field above the river.

Chow time…

This lone bull moose, which is just starting to sprout his antlers for the year, was fairly well unbothered by the passing vehicles high up on County Road 8 on May 20, just a couple miles below the turn off to Trapper’s Lake. He ran across the road from one aspen grove to another, then stopped to eat for several minutes, roughly 25 yards off the road.

24 inducted into Meeker honor society

Several Meeker High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society at MHS on May 18 during the 2015 Spring Concert, featuring the bands and choirs at MHS and Barone Middle School. Conducting the National Honor Society induction were, from left to right, MHS language arts instructor and honor society adviser Kathleen Kelley, NHS Chapter President Brittany Smith, chapter Vice President Reagan Pearce, Paige Dowker, an NHS representative to the MHS Student Council, and Dominique Devore, also an NHS representative to the MHS Student Council. Kelley was assisted in the ceremony by fellow language arts teacher Cheri Robinson.

MEEKER I It wasn’t all music at the 2015 Spring Concert held May 20 at the Meeker High School auditorium on May 20 as 24 members of the student body were also inducted into the National Honor Society.

Snow in the high country…

Demonstrating the job that lay ahead, this Rio Blanco County snow plow shows what lies in front of it while trying to clear County Road 8 up over Ripple Creek Pass all the way over into Routt County on Wednesday. As of noon on May 20, the Rio Blanco County road crew had less than four miles to go to clear a narrow route the entire length of the closure. The crew was also battling a major blizzard on top of the pass, but were able to finish the initial path and open the road. The road will require a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a lot of caution as there is a lot of snow, melt-off and mud, making the travel treacherous for possibly a couple weeks, the county Road and Bridge Department advised on Friday.

From My Window: Busy week: Graduations, concert, snow, NHS, Memorial Day

Sean McMahon, Editor

What a week it has been. One thing certain about working for a newspaper— small or large—it is not often a boring proposition. And for as small a county as this is, this past week has been amazingly busy.

Spring Concert…

Meeker High School/Barone Middle School music director Jeff Hemingson, far right, joined the Jazz Band members at Monday night’s 2015 MSD Spring Concert. Members of the Jazz Band are Lauren Urista on alto sax, Delenn Mobley on clarinet and Shelby Steele on flute. Not visible behind the band is percussionist Macy Collins.

From My Window: Graduation a great time—with a touch of reality

This Saturday, Rio Blanco’s two high schools are going to turn a bunch of teenagers into adults and turn them loose on the world. Chances are pretty good, I’d say, that the world will be a better place because of it.

Meeker real estate listings up but the actual sales down

MEEKER I According to the Craig Association of Realtors, Meeker real estate listings are up but sales are down over the past year.

Pioneers Healthcare Foundation scholarship fundraiser a success

Matt Holliday of Meeker, center, led his Matt Holiday Band on Saturday night at the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation Gala dinner and entertainment. The band started playing around 6 p.m. at the event to raise money for health-care-related college scholarships for students and hospital employees, and they continued to play until after the “casino” closed its doors, to allow for some late dancing.

From My Window: Life in farming and ranching takes unique person; local quake happened

My windows must be a bit fogged after last week’s column about the Meeker School District, but why on earth would one want to make their living in the agriculture field—as either a farmer or a rancher. Both of those seem like such a lot of hard work…

Sandhill cranes…

These two sandhill cranes, known for the red crested feathers on the top of their heads, stopped in a field off County Road 4, roughly five miles just south of Meeker, on Thursday morning. One would guess they stopped in for a snack along their usually long trek to the north for the warmer summer temperatures.

Meekerpalooza and Range Call plan to move most events to Ute Park

MEEKER I Meekerpalooza Arts and Music Festival, to be held on Saturday, June 6, and Range Call, held annually during the Fourth of July in Meeker, will take on a new look this year as both events, which have had a heavy presence in downtown Meeker, will be making a major move to Ute Park, […]