Phase 1 of feasibility study looks at new reservoir along river in county

Taylor Draw Dam, located about six miles east of Rangely, controls the water in Kenney Reservoir while also producing hydroelectric power. The two-mile reservoir is heavily silted and the eastern mile of the lake has almost been lost to water storage and recreation, bringing about the need for and the likelihood of a new reservoir along the river in Rio Blanco County 10 to 12 years down the road.

RBC I Phase 1 of the White River Storage Feasibility Study, released earlier this month, points to a new water storage reservoir within the Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District (RBWCD) sometime within 10 to 12 years.

Memorial Day tribute…

The headstone of Meeker’s George G. Tagart at Highland Cemetery is decorated with an American flag to designate him as one of the many veterans buried in the local cemetry. The Meeker VFW performed ceremonies on the bridge over the White River in Meeker Town Park and then proceeded to hold another remembrance at Highland Cemetery.

Gracie…

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Gracie, a black yorkie-poo, is panting heavily after chasing her stuffed raccoon, left, to all corners of Meeker Town Park on Saturday while the wind was light and the sky was overcast.

Unemployment on the decrease in recent months in the county

RBC I The unemployment rate in Rio Blanco County in April has fallen in the last two months, and the total number is more than 1 percent below the rate from one year ago.

Black & White Masquerade sponsored by Pioneers Healthcare Foundation

Meeker Pastor Jon Laughlin, right, and Kristina Lubner, left, took the masquerade part of the Black and White Masquerade Ball on Saturday night quite seriously. Most attendees were in blacks, whites and a mix of the two while about 20 of those in attendance at the fund-raiser event for Pioneers Medical Center/Pioneers Healthcare Foundation wore full masks.

All safe now …

This hen turkey was out for a solo walk on Sunday just off County Road 8 at about mile marker 10, but, for the most part, the underbrush kept her pretty well disguised. Spring weather seems most dominant these days, but the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters that fall turkey applications are being accepted as of today.

Less than two weeks ago, the home on this Meeker town lot at 1189 Park St. had been set up for demolition as “substantially radioactive” uranium ore was found in a coffee can just inside the front door and in an isolated area of the backyard (back right in photo).

From My Window… Congratulations to graduates and Meeker DI competitors

Over the next two weeks, Meeker and Rangely high schools will also be turning out Class of 2014 graduates, and this is another moment in a teen’s life that all friends, families and neighbors should be proud of them and for them.

MHS Awards Ceremony

Anthony Mazzola presented several awards at the May 8 awards assembly at Meeker High School, and, above, Mazzola presented the White River Electric Association Rural Youth Tour Award to senior Jake Phelan, who also received the Masonic Arts and Science Award.

MEEKER I Nearly one in three graduates at Meeker High School this year received some kind of scholarship or athletic award at the 2013-14 Meeker Awards Assembly on May 8.

Sidewalk project set after July 4

MEEKER I The project grant was awarded in 2008, but the first phase of the Town of Meeker’s grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation to design and build sidewalks and curbs along both sides of Market Street through town is expected to begin sometime after the Fourth of July.

From My Window… Spring getting closer; grads applauded

I can see sunshine clearly out my window, and that may be a good thing. It may actually turn into spring soon, and that will cheer up a lot of folks in Rio Blanco County who are waiting for sunshine and warmer temperatures after a particularly prolonged winter.

Meeker home demolished after ‘hot’ uranium ore found inside

The Folgers coffee can inside this bucket was filled with “significantly radioactive” uranium when the home at 1189 Park St. in Meeker was demolished late last week. A couple more small samples of the “hot” ore were found in the backyard. The radioactive material as well as surrounding soil and the residence have all been cleared up and shipped to a nuclear waste dump site near Steamboat Springs.

Jeremy Simmons, right, the director of the Rio Blanco County Department of Environmental Services, and Paul Peronard, left, take a final look at the exterior of the long-unused residence at 1189 Park St. in Meeker. The home was destroyed Friday and Saturday after official found “substantially radioactive” uranium ore just

Dancers on display …

The “On the Move” annual dance and tumbling recital was part of a weekend full of individuals, duos and teams dancing in the ERBM Parks and Recreation District-sponsored event at Meeker High School. Dancers were divided into age groups starting with creative movement and tumbling up through fourth grade Saturday and from fifth grade through 12th grade and adult tap on Sunday. Above is the grade 9-12 jazz group of Taylor Ahrens, Madeline Amack, Andrea Edinger, Alexis Gutierrez, Piper Haney, Sydney Hughes, Kendra Nelson, Caitlyn Shepherd, Hailey Simonsen and Jordon Smith performing “Fly,” choreographed by Kari Jo Stevens and her students. See next week’s Herald Times for more photos.

The “On the Move” annual dance and tumbling recital was part of a weekend full of individuals, duos and teams dancing in the ERBM Parks and Recreation District-sponsored event at Meeker High School. Dancers were divided into age groups starting with creative movement and tumbling up through fourth grade Saturday