Marshall Cook new Meeker fire chief; wife from Maybell, Craig

Marshall Cook, left, the new fire/EMT chief for the Rio Blanco Fire Protection District, was welcomed to the new position by 16-year fire chief Steve Allen, right, who recently retired, during the district’s “Annual Gala Banquet Honoring Meeker Volunteer Fire and Rescue,” which was held March 14 at the Fairfield Center in downtown Meeker.

MEEKER I For the first time in 15 years, the Rio Blanco Fire Protection District has a new fire chief, and Marshall Cook will also take over the title of EMT (emergency medical technician) chief, succeeding longtime chief Steve Allen.

Cheering…

While quite a few folks gathered along Main Street in Meeker on Wednesday morning to send off the Meeker High School boys’ basketball team to the state tournament in Pueblo over the weekend, Reagan Clatterbaugh demonstrated her own excitement by covering herself in MHS pompons at the intersection of Sixth and Main streets and cheering on the team as they left town.

Wild Game Dinner…

A long line of hungry folks dug into nine entrées, elk dip, potatoes, salad and vegetables as part of the sixth annual Wild Game Dinner on Saturday night at CNCC-Rangely.  The event included music by Rangely group Fiscus & Gravy and silent and vocal auctions. Roughly 100 people took part in the event.

Game, especially deer, do well this winter; watch ice

Bill deVergie, the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager in Meeker, said winter conditions are currently looking good for the elk and deer in Rio Blanco County, such as these deer on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus over the weekend in Rangely. DeVergie said there is still plenty of winter remaining and the hope is that it doesn’t get too warm and rain and snow continue.

RBC I In Rio Blanco County, Colorado’s big game ungulates are having a great winter, according to Bill deVergie, the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife’s area wildlife manager in Meeker.

New addition to Meeker Library now open, offering new services

MEEKER I The new 2,700 square-foot addition to the Meeker Library has been a long time coming, but library director Mike Bartlett is happy to say that the addition is now open. “The minute the contractor is out of here, we will be open for business,” Bartlett said in January. “It will be an exciting […]

From My Window: Livestock association meetings great for area info; Congrats, Cowboys!

My window was pretty clear regarding what is going on with the government agencies in and around Rio Blanco County after attending the Rio Blanco County Woolgrowers Association annual meeting on March 6 in Meeker.

Ibach, Wedding resign…

At the trustee meeting Tuesday night, Meeker School Board members accepted the resignations of two prominent high school staff members, including Meeker High School Principal Dr. Kim Ibach.

Meeker man, 19, killed in Hwy. 64 crash

MEEKER I A Meeker man was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle accident along Highway 64 between Rangely and Meeker, the public information officer of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) released Monday morning.

Woolgrowers…

Roughly 60 members of the Rio Blanco County Woolgrowers Assocation gathered for their annual meeting on Friday in Meeker, and a wide variety of speakers addressed topics such as sheep protection dogs, sage grouse, water, the number of grazing units, declining wool prices and wild horses. The group met at Kilowatt Korner as speakers from mostly federal agencies presented updates on several issues relevant to raising sheep in the area and how the various agencies will be dealing with sheep producers in the near future. One of the first to speak was Callie Hendrickson, above, the executive director of the White River and Douglas Creek conservation districts. At the table are Woolgrowers’ Secretary/Treasurer Connie Theos and Woolgrowers’ President Butch Theos.

Meeker Chamber awards banquet…

Ellene Meece, president of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, accepted the Non-Profit Organization of the Year award on Saturday night at the annual Meeker Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards program at the Fairfield Center. Behind Meece are chamber board member and presenter Dan Schwartz, left, and Meeker Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stephanie Kobald.

From My Window… Kindler thinks of team first; busy season starts; Peyton’s chances

Over the course of my career, I have written a lot of sports stories about a wide variety of athletic teams from junior high and high schools and for college and university teams as well as the Denver Broncos.

State bound…

The MHS boys open play today at 10:15 a.m. for the first round of the 2015 2A State Basketball Tournament in Pueblo as the No. 5 seed in the state. Their opponent this morning is the No 4 seeded Simla team, which MHS head coach Klark Kindler calls “long and athletic,” adding that his Cowboys are “ready for anyone.”