Lake Avery…

Ready to host visitors now that the weather has gotten warmer is the Lake Avery picnic area, just off County Road 8, roughly 21 miles east of Meeker. The picnic areas are clean and feature barbecue grills at each site, the restrooms are open and have been cleaned and the docks are in place so boats can launch and folks can spend an entire day enjoying the fun and sun.

From My Window: Salute to the mothers of the world, MSD picture all snow

Happy Mother’s Day come Sunday. There are two groups of people in the world, but even more in our country that I don’t think you can say enough good about.

MHS Prom 2015…

It was mostly a full dance floor when the Meeker High School juniors, seniors and their dates were dancing at the MHS Junior/Senior Prom at the Freeman E. Fairfield Center on Saturday. D.J. music entertained the students until 1 p.m., when many of those who took part moved over to the after-prom party at the Meeker Recreation Center.

9Health Fair…

Volunteers were helping en masse at the 9Health Fair at Meeker Elementary School on Saturday. Above, phlebotomists from all neighboring towns were on hand as were students from the CNCC dental hygiene school and health agencies from throughout the area joined efforts to deal with the roughly 600 people who attended the health fair on Saturday. The fair was sponsored by Channel 9, Pioneers Medical Center, the Rio Blanco Fire Protection District and the Meeker Lions Club. Organizer Christy Atwood of Pioneers Medical Center said, “It was another successful year. I appreciate working with Channel 9 and appreciate all the members of the community taking part.”

From My Window: A busy week looking out the window in all directions

The saying goes regarding Colorado’s weather, “Wait around for five minutes, and the weather will change.” That was true 60 years ago, It is true today, only it isn’t only relative to weather. The last week seems to have been a study in change.

Farmers reminded they must sign USDA Conservation Certification form by June 1

RBC I The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Road possible to fight area coal fire

RBC I The Bureau of Land Management is working closely with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to extinguish a coal seam fire burning in the long-abandoned Black Diamond Mine above Meeker.

From My Window: Eggs have great uses; incentives good for business; IOOF and quakes

I was looking out my window and everything I looked at appeared scrambled. Then I looked again and realized that the window I looked at was filthy from the wind and rain storm last week and not only couldn’t I see out my windows at home, but the windows on my car were worse.

9Health Fair in Meeker on Saturday

MEEKER I Pioneers Medical Center and Channel 9 TV in Denver will host the annual 9Health Fair on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Meeker Elementary School, where a series of low-cost screenings and tests and free health checks will be offered to those attending.

Meeker’s IOOF building turns 118; on National Register for one year

The front door of Mountain Valley Bank and a plaque denoting that the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

MEEKER I The building that now houses Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker has a long and colorful past, having started out as the home of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, Valentine Lodge No. 47. Now, 118 years later, it serves as the home of the bank. It had several other identities between times.

Colorful Characters…

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society presented a history lesson and a couple of skits on Sunday afternoon, titled “Colorful Characters to RBC,” focusing on six well-known personalities who add to the history of our county: Calamity Jane, Eleanor Roosevelt, author Zane Grey, Theodore Roosevelt, Chief Colorow and local native-turned-actor Ken Sanderson, who went on to Hollywood and became  Buddy Roosevelt, before returning to Meeker in 1968 and dying in 1973. Meeker’s Gail Rogers portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in a skit.

Cone zone…

Construction has begun on westbound Market Street sidewalks in Meeker which will result in intermittent shoulder closures. Above, a crew begins work on the crosswalk at Fifth and Market streets, a part of the project, which will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Drivers are reminded to slow down when driving through the cone zone.