Two wildfires burning in area

MEEKER I This past weekend’s lightning burst resulted in 34 wildfires in Northwest Colorado, but only two of those blazes are uncontained as of late Tuesday and wildland fire crews and engines are working towards wrapping them up.

Meeker board annexes Curtis Creek Industrial Park

MEEKER I The seated members of the Meeker Town Board gave unanimous approval Tuesday to the annexation of the Curtis Creek Industrial Park, which encompasses 35 acres on the east side of Highway 13, opposite the new Pioneers Medical Center.

Summer Entertainment Series…

Jon Chandler, center, a long-time Front Range purveyor of country, Western, folk and bluegrass music, brought his band to Meeker on Friday for a concert on the courthouse lawn under the setting sun. The combined sounds of the electric guitar, acoustical guitar and the mandolin made for a highly entertaining concert of mixed country-style music. Sponsored by the WRBM Recreation and Park District as part of its 10th annual Summer Entertainment Series, there was a group of about 60 people in attendance.

More photos from the 2015 RBC Fair…


That’s a lot of beef under that rope, and it was impressive enough to earn its owner, Megan Parker, a first-place ribbon in Heat Three of the Beef 4-H Market Class at the Rio Blanco County Fair. In that same heat, second place went to Kaden Franklin and third went to Kolbi Franklin. Parker is a senior and has run out of eligibility at the fair, but she has been an award winner for several years.

Four Meeker streets get facelift

Residents in northeast Meeker may have faced a few neighborhood traffic delays last week and early this week as the Town of Meeker is competing its major repaving project for the summer. The full lengths of Third and Fifth streets as well as Hill and Cedar streets between Third and Fifth streets have been ground down two inches, running 15 feet from the curb and are being repaved to make the sides into better drains for runoff. Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros said the entire project should be completed this week.

MEEKER I Some of the streets in the east and northeast neighborhoods are the beneficiaries of the Town of Meeker’s 1.5-mile 2015 Paving Project, in which some town streets have already had their asphalt ground down and received a new two-inch overlay.

County schools open Monday

RBC I Most students in Rangely and Meeker will return to their classrooms on Monday, filling the streets and sidewalks in both towns with young students walking or bicycling, older students driving to school, school buses busy delivering children to the schools and parents dropping off their children.

From My Window: Fair worth all the work; road crews busy; hunters coming; school opens

The 2015 Rio Blanco County Fair is over. That is a mixed blessing because the event is fun to cover, but not a lot of fun to follow up on.

Phase II work begins on Meeker’s Market Street sidewalk project

The Town of Meeker has started Phase II of the Market Street Sidewalk Project, to extend sidewalks on the north side of Market Street from Fourth Street, where Phase I ended, to 11th Street. Phase II, unlike Phase I, which included grant funds, will be paid from town coffers at a total price of $700,000, which boils down to $100,000 per block. Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros said the project should be done as early as October or November, pending cooperative weather.

MEEKER I The only things that remain to complete Phase I of Meeker’s Market Street Sidewalk Project, Town Administrator Scott Meszaros said, is to install a hand rail at School Street, for CenturyLink to bury a line and to finish the crosswalk on Third Street. However, the town has already started work on Phase II […]


There were several dioramas on display at the Rio Blanco County Fair, and this one, which garnered a champion ribbon, is titled “Parts of a Compound Bow.” The display was created by Dayton Willey and was a part of the county’s 4-H competition.

Reserve champion poultry winner…

There were some good looking turkeys, geese and chickens on display at the annual Rio Blanco County Fair last week, and one of the best there belonged to Brendan Clatterbaugh, whose duck captured the title of Reserve Champion Poultry. In the 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday evening, Clatterbaugh sold his duck for $250 to Susan Stout.

Scoggins entering third year as Rangely superintendent

Matt Scoggins

RANGELY I Matt Scoggins, the superintendent of Rangely’s school district, is looking eagerly toward the beginning of classes this year, set for Aug. 17 for Rangely Junior/Senior High and Aug. 19 for Parkview Elementary School.