Meeker Dance Recital…

The Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation & Park District (ERBM) held its 16th Annual Dance & Tumbling Recital over the weekend with the theme “The World is Moving.” Each day featured dancers and tumblers working hard since September to hone their skills for the  public. Pictured above: Caitlyn Shepherd, the only senior dance member, performs her senior solo to “International Smile” during Sunday’s performance.

A Look At the Government: Transparency and accountability needed in government

RBC I Over more than three decades in Congress, I had the chance to question a lot of federal officials. Most of the time I wasn’t after anything dramatic; I just wanted to understand who was responsible for certain decisions. Want to know how often I got a straight answer? Almost never.

Restoration to begin…

From left to right: Martha Cole, Joede Schoeberlein, Alan Nielsen, Janet Clark, Gheda Gayou, Trevor Everett, Eric Jaquez and Ellen Reichert took part in a pre-construction meeting with all parties involved with the restoration of the Coal Creek School. What each one does: Martha Cole, Janet Clark and Ellen Reichert on the Rural School Committee; Joede Schoeberlein, architect; Gheda Gayou, Colorado State Historical Preservation Specialist; MM-Eight Construction - Trevor Everett and Alan Nielsen; and RBC Project Coordinator Eric Jaquez.

County commissioner candidate forums set

RBC I Candidate forums have been scheduled in the next two weeks for Rangely and Meeker, giving county voters a change to better decide who will be the best candidate for Rio Blanco County commissioners.

ERBM to host baseball, softball clinic

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Softball and Baseball Clinic will occur on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paintbrush Park Ball Fields for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade and are free.

Chamber braves weather for annual member dinner, awards

Two major awards were presented Friday night at the annual Meeker Chamber of Commerce Membership and Awards Dinner, held outside this year near the gazebo between the old courthouse and new Justice Center in downtown Meeker. From left to right, Meeker Chamber Executive Director Stephanie Kobald, Chamber Board Member Ann Marie Scritchfield and her daughter, Eva, present Diane Dunham with the Citizen of the Year Award for all of her volunteer work for several organizations in Meeker. At far right is Meeker Board President Diana Jones.

Michael Grady honored on retirement from the HPP

White River Habitat Partnership Program Committee Chairman Michael Grady is seen here receiving the Joe Gerrans Award during the Statewide HPP Conference in Denver. Grady is now retiring. From left to right are: HPP State Program Manager Pat Tucker, Linda Gerrans, widow of Joe Gerrans, the award’s namesake, and Michael Grady.

MEEKER I Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program will bid a fond farewell to Meeker livestock grower and agricultural icon Michael Grady. The 72-year-old rancher from Meeker will retire from the program’s White River committee at the end of May after serving a 23-year term, nearly as long as the program has existed.

Curtis Keetch appointed as new USFS ranger for Blanco District

phrbcNewRangerCurtisKeetch

MEEKER I Curtis Keetch grew up in a small ranching community in the southeast corner of Idaho on a family-owned cattle ranch. He learned to love and respect the outdoors at an early age.

RHS track does well at Western Slope Multi-League Track and Field meet

RANGELY I This past weekend, the Rangely High School Track Team competed at the Western Slope Multi-League Track and Field Championships in Grand Junction, and throughout the two-day meet, there were many great performances, many coming from athletes wearing “Rangely” across their chests.

Cowboy tracksters shine in league meet; one left to qualify for state

MEEKER I “The competition in our league on the girls side is undoubtedly the toughest in the state,” Meeker track coach John Strate said after the MHS Cowboys competed in the annual 2A Western Slope League meet in Stocker Stadium on Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

Letter to the Editor: Open letter to hunters, guides, outfitters

Dear Editor: This is an open letter to hunters, guides and outfitters. Please take a second to review the current proposed actions of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). This past week, the CPW released the recommended tag allocations for big game animals.

Concert pianist in Meeker Saturday

Concert pianist John Nilsen will be in Meeker on Saturday.

MEEKER I At noon on Saturday in Meeker, award-winning concert pianist John Nilsen will perform a free concert for the community at Meeker United Methodist Church.