Days Gone By: Jan. 2, 2020

The Meeker Herald

125 years ago

The Pioneers: J.W. Hugus & Company, Inc. Prices Right. Goods Right. We Are All Right. We realize that times are “hard,” and will sell you the best of goods at lowest living prices. Trade at home and save time and money. Support home institutions!

The item in last week’s HERALD in relation to the disposal of common range horses to the packing houses caused considerable favorable comment among both horse and cattlemen, and The HERALD’S advocacy of this means of getting rid of a surplus of undesirable horses as generally endorsed. It seems this question is being agitated in the east in a way that is bound to bring the matter prominently before the public.

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The Meeker Herald

100 years ago

The finest thing, however, for the  material advancement of Meeker, is the new Neal-Pauls block, on the northwest corner of Main and Sixth streets. This structure has a frontage of 50 feet on Sixth street and a Main street frontage of 140 feet. The corner portion of the block will contain the quarters of the new First State Bank of Meeker. The other portions of the block will be occupied by the new Simms-Moulton Stores company, and like the bank, will be furnished in the latest and handsomest style.

The best way to overcome trouble is to make it so happy that it forgets its errand.

Another good resolution to adopt is that next year you will be a subscriber instead of a borrower. ~ Lamar Sparks.

The resolution is all right, but in this day of very high priced print paper, we don’t object to ‘em borrowing, begging or stealing The Herald; just so they read it and cuss the editor.

The Meeker Herald

50 years ago

A road block on Nine Mile, north of Meeker, Saturday, Dec. 20, recovered a stolen vehicle within a few hours after it had been reported stolen from the Cave Inn near Steamboat Springs. Arrested for the car theft were Dwight Andrew Smith, 19, of Camp Pendleton, California., a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Carl Brown, 18, also a Marine from Camp Pendleton, who were also reported as AWOL.

Weather this past week has been just about as cold as a person could care fore. Since the weak snow storm the fore part of last week which made for a white Christmas in Meeker and six inches of new snow the day following Christmas, minimum temperatures have ranged from -10 to 29. The maximum temperature for the week was 36.

The Meeker Herald

25 years ago

Anthony Mazzola, 32, is the new Rio Blanco County undersheriff. He succeeds C.W. Ivey, who has left the force.

The Meeker Herald’s role in the community is to look over the shoulders of those entrusted with the well-being of the community and its citizens. That means that we will actively and vigorously campaign for open meetings. How decisions are reached is perhaps even more important that the decisions themselves. Citizens need reassurance that all options have been considered. They deserve to know why some alternatives are rejected and others adopted. They must know how the political decision-making deliberation process works, because that’s the only way we will understand what’s happening, and make any sense of the world in which we live. We have covered political bodies in the past, in other states, where the actual city council meeting wasn’t worth attending because virtually all the decisions were made in committee meetings, work sessions, and secret breakfast get-togethers. We won’t permit such a condition to develop in Rio Blanco County.

Rangely Times

50 years ago

If there really is no need for continuous advertising… ministers should preach only one sermon or so a year. People are against sin anyway, so why harp on it … Teachers shouldn’t review lessons. Tell children just once and they’ll never forget it … Highway police should stop driving up and down the highways. No need to caution drivers by patrolling highways. Drivers know the law and obey it … Out of towners that advertise in the “big city” papers and mail order firms that send out catalogs are wasting their money. Everybody knows what is sold in stores in Rangely and they’ll all shop here. But if you are one of the foolish kind — like the Notre Dame Cathedral that has stood for six centuries but continues to ring the bell every day to let people know it is still there — and believe in continuous profitable advertising, then your advertising belongs in The Rangely Times.

Blacktopping of Douglas Pass was completed and only 10 miles remain unpaved on the Rangely-Grand Junction road.

Rangely Times

25 years ago

The state high school wrestling rankings are out with Rangely ranked sixth. Eagle Valley is ranked first statewide with county rival Meeker ranked second.

The Rangely Times — In the interests of Rangely and the Rangely Oil Basin.