Friday night music…


The band Finnders and Youngberg of Fort Collins filled the air downtown with high-quality bluegrass music during their concert on the county courthouse lawn. Several hundred people along with several of the OHV riders from out of town took in the music.

Rio Blanco County Fair kicks into full gear on Friday night

On July 12, Rhett Long of Vernal, Utah, visited the Rangely 4-H Community Pens to teach the 4-H members how to shave a pig, what to expect in showmanship at the Rio Blanco County Fair and offer advice for feeding 4-H swine. There were more than 30 4-H members and parents, some from as far as Grand Junction, present to listen to Long. Bonnie Long, who organized the event, said, “Rhett did a great job and we had a great turnout from Rangely and Grand Junction 4-H members and parents. Thank you to Encana for adding monetary support for activities such as this.” In 2015, a new 4-H club called Elite 8 will be exploring livestock, leadership and will be putting together another clinic to inform 4-H members, she said. Every 4-H member at the event received a prize. The Rio Blanco County Fair officially begins Friday and runs through Aug. 2.

RBC I All the fun and work involved in the annual Rio Blanco County Fair officially begins Friday with the equestrian events and runs through Aug. 2 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker.

From My Window… From fun weekend to politics on to start of county fair

Must admit here, the county fair, no matter where one lives, is usually a fun time, and we are rapidly approaching the Rio Blanco County Fair, which officially slides its doors open on Friday at 4 p.m. with horse classes and the beginning of team roping at 6 p.m.

Out for a stroll…


What may well be a grand buck later in the year was seen walking down Garfield Street in Meeker Friday behind the Meeker School District administration building, showing off his velvet antlers.

From My Window… For some people, being rude comes about a bit too easily

It is a constant amazement the lack of respect and the abundance of rudeness some people spew toward others with complete disregard for another person in situations where conflicts don’t really need to arise at all.

Gathering of OHVs will begin today

During the 2013 Meeker OHV Rendezvous, several of the OHV riders gathered in downtown Meeker for a variety of activities staged on their behalf. The group will be highly visible again today through Sunday as they attend the third annual event.

MEEKER I Off-road travel is growing rapidly in Rio Blanco County, and the third annual Wagon Wheel OHV Rendezvous will be held in Meeker starting today and running through Sunday.

Range Call 2014…

At nearly any event of any size in Meeker, it is a good bet that you will find the Rio Blanco County Historical Society in operation, offering its famous root beer floats. Above, a good-sized crowd gathered around the RBCHS booth as Friday grew warmer and more humid.

Sweet concert…


Chris Cagle brought folks to their feet several times during his headlining performance at the Range Call concert on Saturday night.

Sportsman’s Club shoot…


Above, Sage Preston tries her luck with a bow as part of the Jon Wangnild Memorial Shoot on Saturday at the Meeker Sportsman’s Club range south of Meeker.

Bank robbery re-enactment…


J.H. Sheridan, far left, holds up his hands as he is approached by robber Jim Shirley (partially hidden) in Saturday’s re-enactment of the Oct. 13, 1896, robbery of the Bank of Meeker.

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.