Roughly 60 members of the Rio Blanco County Woolgrowers Assocation gathered for their annual meeting on Friday in Meeker, and a wide variety of speakers addressed topics such as sheep protection dogs, sage grouse, water, the number of grazing units, declining wool prices and wild horses. The group met at Kilowatt Korner as speakers from mostly federal agencies presented updates on several issues relevant to raising sheep in the area and how the various agencies will be dealing with sheep producers in the near future. One of the first to speak was Callie Hendrickson, above, the executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts. At the table are Woolgrowers’ Secretary/Treasurer Connie Theos and Woolgrowers’ President Butch Theos.

Meeker Chamber awards banquet…

Ellene Meece, president of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, accepted the Non-Profit Organization of the Year award on Saturday night at the annual Meeker Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards program at the Fairfield Center. Behind Meece are chamber board member and presenter Dan Schwartz, left, and Meeker Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Kobald.

From My Window… Kindler thinks of team first; busy season starts; Peyton’s chances

Over the course of my career, I have written a lot of sports stories about a wide variety of athletic teams from junior high and high schools and for college and university teams as well as the Denver Broncos.

State bound…

The MHS boys open play today at 10:15 a.m. for the first round of the 2015 2A State Basketball Tournament in Pueblo as the No. 5 seed in the state. Their opponent this morning is the No 4 seeded Simla team, which MHS head coach Klark Kindler calls “long and athletic,” adding that his Cowboys are “ready for anyone.”

Meeker Education Foundation fundraiser…

Meeker School Board Member Tom Allen displays a quilt being auctioned Sunday night at the inaugural Meeker Education Foundation dinner in Meeker. Roughly 100 persons took part in the dinner and auction, used to raise funds for Meeker student and staff awards, enrichment opportunities and classroom needs. As of Tuesday, MEF President Mary Strang said the proceeds had not all been totaled.

County jobless rate stays steady

RBC I The Rio Blanco County unemployment rate remained at a steady 3.2 percent in December, unchanged since the November rate and 1.1 percent lower than in December 2013.

From My Window… Two years happily at home in Meeker; Congrats to T.J.

At the end of this week, I will have lived in Rio Blanco for two years exactly. It has been an interesting time, filled with challenges, boo-boos, successes, good news, bad news, good friends, some not-so-good friends, interesting news, depressing news, hot weather, cold weather and weather that is just right.

Meeker boys still on roll: Win district, still No. 1 seed for regionals

The regional champion Meeker High School boys won both regional games over the weekend and advance to the district finals Friday at 7:30 p.m. against District 3, No. 3 seed Ridgeway at Grand Junction Central High School. Meeker’s winning team members are: back row from left: head coach Klark Kindler, Tony Collins, Matt Frantz, Jake Smith, Ty Dunham, Joe Newman, Levi Dinwiddie, Logan Hughes and Jake Phelan. Middle row, from left to right: Doak Mantle, Kash Atwood, Raul Lopez and Cade Rowlett. Front row is manager Madison Kindler. Not pictured are coaches Pat Ibach and Matt Dupire.

MEEKER I The wins just keep piling up, and with two wins at the district tournament over the weekend, the Meeker High School boys carry the No. 1 District 5 seed into the regional tournament this weekend, two games from being headed to the Colorado Class C State Basketball Tournament in Denver.

RHS girls end season with loss vs. West Grand

RANGELY I The Rangely High School girls’ basketball team played three games over the weekend, winning one and losing two, setting up a pigtail game Tuesday, which, unfortunately ended the season for the girls.

MHS cagers win last two regular season games, earn top district seed

Meeker’s Cade Rowlett gets set up for two of the 20 points he scored over the weekend in the last two regular season games for the Cowboys. Meeker topped Colbran 55-36 on Friday and Hotchkiss by 62-44 on Saturday, ending the regular season with an 18-1 record. With the wins, Meeker takes the No. 1 seed into the district tournament this weekend, where they will play their first game on Friday against Soroco at 7:30 p.m. in Cedaredge.

MEEKER I The Meeker High School boys’ basketball team swept through their last two regular league games Friday and Saturday, and they bring the No. 1 seed into the district tournament, which begins Friday.

Thin ice…

Weather on Sunday continued to be sunny and warm, causing the ice to thin even more on Rio Blanco Lake, located 18 miles west of Meeker along Highway 64 on the way to Rangely. Despite a small group of folks who were enjoying their day fishing (very top center left), the ice on most of the lake was much too thin and unsafe to drive a snow machine on.

From My Window: Two events offer sense of community during long winter

The visibility has been darned clear for the past weeks, interrupted briefly on Sunday as snow fell intermittently high on County Road 8 during the annual “I Ride With James” Poker and Snowmobile Run. It was too darned clear on the way up to Lost Creek Trailhead, about a mile or so past the Marvine […]