Letter to the Editor: Right mental health treatment needed at right time

Dear Editor: There is a missing piece in the current Senate Bill 169 on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Desk: Psychiatric Care.

Obituary: Theodore Gerald ‘Ted’ Bina

Ted Bina

Theodore Gerald “Ted” Bina passed away to be with his Lord on May 31, 2016, at the Veterans’ Home in Rifle, Colo. Ted was born Dec.2, 1930, at Devils Lake, N.D., to Peter Paul and Cecilia Lillian (Pesek) Bina. He was the second youngest boy of eight children.

Old Timers’ celebration: oldest attendees

Part of the fun of each Old Timers’ gathering each year is to make special note of the oldest man and woman at the dinner and dance. Holding that distinction for many years has been the couple of Ethel Starbuck, left, who is a young 98 years old, and Joe Sullivan, right, a mere 96 years of age.

Rockies skills challenge…

Several youth competed in the Colorado Rockies Skills Challenge hosted by the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District in Meeker on Friday at Paintbrush Park. Participants competed in batting, base running and throwing. Champions included Gavin Allen in the 6-7 year olds, Wil Schwartz in the 8-9 year olds, Clay Randall in the 10-11 year olds and Damon Dade in the 12-13 year old division. Pictured: kneeling left to right: Clay Randall, Mason Allen, Wil Schwartz, Martin Conn, and Benjamin Conn; Standing youth left to right: Rylin Bratten, Dagon Dade, Gavin Allen and Damon Dade; and standing adults, left to right: Ron Kelly Crawford, Kim Kendall, Mike Pfister, Kari Jo Ruchti and Nicole Dupire.

Letter to the Editor: Good time had at Old Timers’ dinner

Dear Editor: Hello to all. I just wanted to share with everyone what an enjoyable evening myself, my son and his wife had in Meeker this past Saturday evening as we attended the “Old Timers Dinner.” It was wonderful to visit with so many friends that I don’t get to see that often. The history […]

Youth cage clinic slated in Rangely

RANGELY I The Rangely boys’ basketball program and Rangely High School head basketball coach Kyle Boydstun invites all Rangely fourth- through sixth-grade athletes to attend the 2016 Basketball Youth Camp, to be held June 13-15.

Scoggins fourth overall as Rangely athletes compete in state pentathlon

Four Rangely High School athletes traveled to the Denver suburb of Brighton on Saturday to compete in a multi-school pentathlon, something they had never done before, competing in events they have never competed in before. Patrick Scoggins placed fourth overall, Troy Allred was ninth overall and Chance Sheppard was 25th overall for the boys, and RaeLynn Norman was 17th overall.

RANGELY I Four Rangely High School track and field athletes headed to Brighton on May 31 to compete in a pentathlon.

MHS students elect StuCo officers

MEEKER I In one of their last actions before giving way to summer, the underclass student body at Meeker High School elected their Student Council officers for the 2016-2017 school year. They chose to continue the reigns of Madeline Amack as president and Delenn Mobley as treasurer. Also elected were junior Christopher Strate as vice […]

Letter to the Editor: Surprise from Barone StuCo appreciated

Dear Editor: Recently, we attended a Barone Middle School assembly where we presented the Patriot’s Pen Award to Kolbi Franklin. We were asked to remain at the front while the Barone Student Council presented us with an envelope containing proceeds from their sale of refreshments at sporting events during the past year. I was quite […]

Grand opening Friday for new business

MEEKER I A new business, Country Raised, will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting at noon Friday at 275 6th St., in downtown Meeker. Country Raised offers farmhouse-style décor, classic toys, Colorado chocolates and more, according to owner Makala Barton. Sponsored by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, the ribbon cutting will feature snacks prepared […]

Work underway on Meeker Veterans Community Center

MEEKER I The public may have seen construction work going on at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 290 4th St. and Main Street across from the Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker This building was purchased in March 2015 due to some very generous donations. The projects are being done to make us safer […]

Differences aplenty between sheep and cattledog trials; 5 days of fun

Lyle East of Clinton, Mo., works his dog with some cattle during the NCA Finals in Steamboat Springs. East will be one of the border collie handlers competing in Meeker during the NCA Finals in June.

MEEKER I For 30 years, Meeker has opened its doors to the world for a week each September for the sheepdog trials and, during that time, the folks of Rio Blanco County and Meeker have built a rich tradition around the border collie’s unique ability to work and handle livestock.