County Dems elect officers

RBC I Twenty-some Democrats and guests gathered Sunday at Kilowatt Korner in Meeker to officially “reorganize” their county party as required by state law and to learn from a pair of well-versed speakers.

County Information Technology Director Blake Mobley gave an informative talk with a Powerpoint presentation on the county’s $9 million broadband project, which is intended to provide 10 times the current Internet speed to every place in the county through underground fiber in Rangely and Meeker and, via wireless microwave capability, to the rural areas.
Mobley said he hopes for a base cost per user of $60 per month for the higher-end speeds. The project envisions a three-year buildout. Rural wireless microwave users may see service before the towns’ residents.
Liz Johnson, the Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) curator of paleontology from Craig, briefed the group on CNCC’s Craig campus having obtained recent federal fossil repository status. CNCC is now offering two, two-week sessions this June for students to learn dinosaur excavation. Each session is limited to eight students with two instructors. Visit www.cncc.edu/paleo or call 800-562-1105 to apply.
The county Democrats re-elected Paula Davis of Rangely as chair, Sandra Besseghini of Meeker, first vice chair, Susana Field of Rangely as second vice chair and Reed Kelley of Meeker as secretary-treasurer.
Committee-persons elected were Mickey Allen and Daleen Hazelbush in Precinct 1, Loyce Gibbs and Jim Claybaugh in Precinct 2, Stacie Kincher and Sue Hicken in Precinct 3 and Judy Mohler and Joe Dungan in Precinct 4.