Local development forum eyes growth for Meeker

Roughly 40 people, including a few Rangely residents, attended the Citizens Forum on Economic Development held Saturday afternoon at the Meeker Hotel. Local input and input from Delta, Colo., regarding local tourism promotion were front and center at the forum. Standing far left is emcee Brian Conrado. Also standing is MACC President Gary Zellers, talking about the need for new revenue coming into Meeker.

MEEKER I Roughly 40 people gathered Saturday afternoon at the Meeker Hotel to listen to several presentations of ideas geared to promote economic development in the Meeker area, focusing on expanded marketing and improved communications.

Meeker’s Got Talent…

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Eleven acts from elementary school to adult took part in the ERBM-sponsored Meeker’s Got Talent competition on Saturday at Meeker High School. Savanna May, above, took first place among ages 10 to 17 while second place went to Elissa Quinteros.

Talent show…

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Piper Banducci of Meeker is one of many people, ranging from very young to adult, who took part in the Meeker’s Got Talent auditions at Meeker High School auditorium on Jan. 15 with 11 performers passing the auditions.

From My Window… Never underestimate ease of, need for college degree

It is wonderful to see and hear about all the Meeker and Rangely high school seniors filling out applications, taking their tests, checking into scholarships and grants and even student loans in preparation for life after high school.

Meeker School District to use reserve funds on budget shortfall

MEEKER I Meeker School District unanimously passed a revised budget Tuesday night that included the projected $1.26 million shortfall being covered by the district’s reserve funds. The approved budget meets 2013-2014 obligations with no major cuts in teachers or programs, Superintendent Mark Meyer said.

Year in Review, July-Dec. ~ Pt. 4

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From ‘A Night at Hogwarts’ at Parkview Elementary School, which focused on literacy, to fun times at Mountain Valley Bank’s Fall Festival in Meeker, a wide variety of events kept things a-hopping for the last six months of 2013.

From My Window… Avoid the flu; Looking at life with terminal cancer

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometimes the old window gets a little foggy, and stories, columns and features that show up do more justice to journalism than I ever could. Below are two health-related columns. The first is written by Margie Joy, the development and community relations manager at Pioneers Medical Center in Meeker on how to take […]

Flu cases in county; get your flu shots

RBC I There are confirmed flu cases in Rio Blanco County, the top county health official and the county’s two hospitals report, but the numbers are not high.

MSD declares an ‘emergency’ with schools’ funding

MEEKER I December financial tables from the Colorado Department of Education led Meeker School Superintendent Mark Meyer to recommend, and the Meeker School District RE-1 Board of Trustees to declare, a state of emergency over district funding.

From My Window… Herald Times: A look back at past year, looking forward

This is a good time of year to look back at the 10 months I have been here as editor of the Herald Times — the good and bad of it all — and to look forward to what is upcoming in 2014 to hopefully bring improvements to the publication and to make it easier […]

Rio Blanco County hires chamber director to head economic development

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RBC I Rio Blanco County has hired a Meeker woman to be the new county economic development director, working closely with the county, Meeker and Rangely town governments and the chambers of commerce in the area to increase economic development throughout the county.

Early morning fire does damage to Rangely home

RANGELY I A house fire broke out early Monday morning south of Rangely, severely damaging the home and resulting in a female living at the residence being taken to Rangely District Hospital with minor injuries, the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office reported.