Meeker Solar Garden ribbon cutting…

The White River Electric Association board of directors, management and staff joined representatives from the Meeker School District for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Meeker Solar Garden on June 15. A cooperative effort between WREA and the Meeker School District allowed for the solar garden to be built at 450 School St., and the solar garden began generating solar power on June 1. WREA members who signed up for the solar lease program will begin receiving their monthly solar lease credits on their electric bills at the end of June. On hand for the ribbon cutting were, from left to right: Dale Dunbar (WREA CFO), Chris Reidinger (WREA Staff Engineer), Bill Jordan (WREA Board President), Alan Michalewicz (WREA General Manager), Gary Dunham (WREA Board of Directors), Hal Pearce (WREA Board of Directors), Richard Welle (WREA Board of Directors), Rich Parr (WREA Board of Directors), Stan Wyatt (WREA Board of Directors), Trina Zagar-Brown (WREA General Counsel), Chris Selle (Meeker RE-1 Superintendent), Todd Shults (Meeker RE-1 Board of Directors) and Ron Hilkey (WREA Board of Directors).

Obituary: Tom Farris

Tom Farris

Tom Farris, the devoted husband of Lori Farris, peacefully entered heaven’s glory on Friday, June 17, 2016, while surrounded by loving family and friends.

Meeker High grads detail scholarships, future plans

MEEKER I Meeker High School counselor Trina Kennedy Smith introduced the 2016 graduates at this year’s commencement exercises, presented the scholarship awards they received and revealed their plans for the future.

Safe oil and gas nothing to complain about; fracking no contaminant

RBC I Geologists at the University of Cincinnati just wrapped up a three-year investigation of hydraulic fracturing and its impact on local water supplies. The result? There’s no evidence—zero, zilch, nada—that fracking contaminates drinking water. Researchers hoped to keep these findings secret.

One week until end of Plein Air art

MEEKER I The Plein Air Meeker 2016 art competition has returned this year, and the competition paint-out is now underway through June 30.

Events planned at The TANK

RANGELY I Several events are on schedule for this weekend involving The TANK, starting today with an open house from 7 to 9 p.m.

Deadline for WREA photo contest nears

RBC I Attention photographers, the White River Electric Association is wrapping up its annual photo contest.

Meeker Golf Course a busy place, to host RBC Cup this weekend

Meeker’s Erik Brown makes contact out of the sand trap on the No. 9 hole at Meeker Golf Course while playing in the annual two-man best-ball tournament, where he teamed up with Lex Collins. Brown and Collins have partnered for years for this tournament and usually finish in the money—but not this year. Jason Back (pictured to Brown’s right) and his dad, George, shot two-under-par 66’s both days and finished with the best net score in the championship flight. The Meeker Golf Course will host the annual Rio Blanco County Cup this weekend.

MEEKER I White River Electric Association’s annual golf tournament filled the Meeker Golf Course on Friday, followed by the annual two-day, two-man best-ball tournament, and this weekend Meeker will host the annual Rio Blanco County Cup, which is currently on display in Rangely.

From My Window: Heat, wind, delays don’t deter those at cattledog nationals

It was sunny, hot and windy, but few seemed to mind. There were some serious glitches, but not many folks were bothered. There was a decent turnout for the inaugural five-day Meeker Classic National Cattledog Association Finals Cattledog Trials in Meeker running Wednesday through Sunday, and the spectators and contestants seemed to enjoy themselves.

Dirt bike racing makes Meeker debut

MEEKER I Dirt bike racing will make its Meeker debut on Saturday with “Meeker Moto Mayhem” at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.

Dinosaur road to see major fix-up

RBC I A $5.6 million construction project to improve the road to Deerlodge Park within Dinosaur National Monument will begin June 23.

Free fishing, movie Friday

MEEKER I Friday will be Youth Fishing Day in Meeker followed by Movie Under the Stars, all free and all held at Meeker’s Circle Park, across the bridge from Meeker Town Park.