From My Window: Now not time for Rangely dinosaur repository; Range Call a success

In a battle between Rangely and Craig, who wins? No one, because there shouldn’t be a battle between the two, and that is pretty clear out my clear, recently rained-upon window. The loser is Colorado Northwestern Community College if there is a battle. The winner is CNCC if there is no battle, and there shouldn’t […]

Range Call 2015

Dancing dog in the sky…

This big white cloud was eclipsed by this small dark cloud (upper left) resembling something like a dancing dog. Cloud formations have been sporting ever-changing images in the skies the past several weeks.

Downtown Meeker…

The new gazebo, located at the intersection of Fifth and Main streets in Meeker, is seen here near completion. The 1,500-square-foot facility is expected to be completed and the fence removed around the gazebo by start of Range Call activites, Commissioner Shawn Bolton said on Friday. There will be electrical hookups nearby to start and that may be replaced later with electrical boxes on each of the four corners.

CNCC paleontology dig: Bones abundant throughout nearby areas

Twenty-seven Colorado Northwestern Community College instructors, students and county residents joined for a tour of the CNCC dinosaur dig south of Rangely on Saturday as a field trip to show the residents the progress being made on the dig for a large dinosaur well hidden in a canyon. Several large rib bones and upper leg bones have been exposed in the two to three weeks the dig has been going on, and CNCC is using the dig as an educational opportunity. To the left, in red, is CNCC science instructor Liz Johnson, who is also a certified paleontologist, who must be on site for this kind of dig.

Concerts, rodeos, games, food and dances celebrate Fourth, Range Call

The grandstands at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds were packed for a number of events last year during Range Call. A number of events are scheduled at the fairgrounds again, highlighted by “The Pageant,” which is the re-enactment of the Meeker Massacre, along with rodeos and other events.

MEEKER I Endurance, perseverance and stubborn tenacity were characteristic of Meeker’s early pioneers. Not unlike those early settlers, today’s residents share many of those same traits.

Lake Avery fun…

A party of roughly 40 people took full advantage of the beautiful weather June 14 at Lake Avery. People were boating and fishing, but between boat launches, these kids, teens and adults had a great time Sunday afternoon as the skies were mostly clear, the clouds were mostly absent and the wind was mostly calm.

Rangely’s Deserado Mine wins safety competition

Members of the Deserado Black Mine Rescue Team from Rangely are, from left, commander center attendant Chris Walkingshaw, gas man Paul Kindall, captain Karl Davies, trainer Hank McKay, co-captain Eric Popham, first aid man Jared Winkler, map man Duke Rich and briefing officer Jon Hawkins.

RANGELY I The Deserado Black Mine Rescue Team from Rangely captured first place after four days of mine safety competition running from June 15-18 in Price, Utah.

From My Window: Apology to Rangely hospital and staff; New Belgium beers protested

This portion of this column comes quite painfully after 48 years in the newspaper business, but last week’s Herald Times, led by my editorial work, was the setting for the most grievous error I have been linked to in my career. The windows looked pretty dark.

High water…

Warm days increase the runoff from the plentiful snow high in the Flat Tops and cooler days seem to bring more and more rain. Either way, the water level under the bridge  that crosses the White River at Circle Park in downtown Meeker is near the grass level in the park, making for some tough fishing as the water continues to roar. There are also several small places up and downriver from Meeker where the water level is at the top of the bank or slightly above.

Several people drop in as VFW and Ladies’ Auxiliary, Lions and Legion host open house

Dave Cole, the commander of Meeker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5843, stands with the flags that the VFW Color Guard marches with at official ceremonies. The VFW, VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 5843, the Meeker Lions Club and American Legion Post No. 74 held on open house on June 9 at their new home at 290 Fourth St.

MEEKER I The new home of Meeker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5843, VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 5843 and American Legion Post No. 74 had several visitors Tuesday as the groups held a combined open house for folks interested in seeing the facility or interested in joining one of the groups.

Meeker’s Market Street work nears completion in spite of rain delays

Work is mostly done on the sidewalks from Fourth Street in Meeker to Watt’s Ranch Market, but there are plenty of details to be completed after the sidewalks and curbs are in place. Heavy rains have delayed progress, but the entire project may be completed by mid-July, when Phase II from Fourth Street to 11th Street may begin, with hopes of completion by September or October, before it gets too cold.

MEEKER I The work is progressing in satisfactory form to install sidewalks and curbs on the north side of east Market Street in Meeker although repeated rains have caused the entire project to be delayed a couple of weeks, Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros said Friday.