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

From My Window… Wildlife out; tumblers and dancers excel; prayers now OK at meetings

It must be the first of May because all I see outside my window are a bunch of branches swaying and dust in the air. If you are a sinus sufferer, it could be better; if not, the last week has been pretty nice if you don’t

Range Call desperate for new director

MEEKER I Tradition is tough to surrender. But the possibility of that happening is a serious reality as the Meeker Range Call committee searches for an individual or individuals to direct the Range Call Pageant during the Fourth of July weekend.

Meeker native sails solo around Pacific on second research trip

Rory Wilson loads the fruit, vegetables and nuts that will sustain him on his second solo sail to Hawaii and the surrounding waters to carry out scientific research. He had trouble with the water-making machine on the first leg of his trip but he was able to repair the system.

Pictured is the KROSS, the one-man boat that former Meeker resident Rory Wilson designed, built and is sailing solo through the Pacific Ocean doing research on currents and other marine projects. Wilson left a month ago from Bainbridge, Washington, where he is a teacher on leave. On Monday he reached

Temple Grandin: Children and livestock are sometimes alike

Sean McMahon ~ Editor

My window lets me see some fog. You know, those days when things are clear but the concepts are a big foggy, and some people just don’t understand.

Work starts to bring utilities to hospital, east

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Meeker town work crews have started work on the west side of Highway 13 north and east of town to extend city water lines out to the new Pioneers Medical Center as well as to Meeker Terrace and the Curtis Creek area to accommodate the hospital and future commercial and residential growth in the area. Water and sewer lines are the first step before gas and electricity are run to the area. Meeker Town Administrator Scott Meszaros said he expects the project to be completed by late July.

The project to extend water and sanitary utilities out to the new Pioneers Medical Center at Meeker Terrace, to the Curtis Creek area, and then out to County Rd 15, began on April 24.