Joe Sullivan’s 97th birthday…

Joe Sullivan celebrated his 97th birthday on Sunday with Ethel Starbuck and several others at the Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting, with lunch being served under the new pavilion on Fifth Street. After lunch, the group gathered to honor the heritage of Meeker’s volunteer fire department. Several retired and current firemen were also in attendance.

RBCHS honors heritage of Meeker Fire Department

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society honored the Meeker Fire Department with a historical presentation on Sunday afternoon. Seven firemen, past and present, attended the lunch and presentation, and they included, from left, Glen Wiggington, Dale Frisby, Brian Conrado, current Assistant Fire Chief Vaughn Moody, Patti Merriam (EMT), Joe Fennessy and Gary Merriam.

MEEKER I Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s regular quarter meeting on Sunday was anything but regular as members and guests enjoyed a picnic potluck at the beautiful Downtown Plaza before moving to the Old West Heritage Culture Center for a brief business meeting and a historic presentation on the Meeker volunteer fire department.

ERBM will celebrate 35th anniversary with prizes, lunch and fun

MEEKER I The Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan (ERBM) Recreation and Park District will host its annual Community Appreciation Day on July 23 at the Downtown Plaza at Fifth and Main streets. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the district and the continued support of the community, the event will feature community fun, free lunch […]

WRHPP: Theos elected chairman, Brennan to replace Grady

RBC I As reported in May, retired local livestock producer Mike Grady stepped down from the White River Habitat Partnership Program (WRHPP) Committee after serving for 23 years, most all those years as the committee chair.

Main Street Madness…

The Warriors were the winners of the sixth- through eighth-grade Main Street Madness three-on-three boys basketball tournament sponsored by the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Parks District on July 4 in downtown Meeker. The Warriors were made up of, from left, Tanner Etzler, Colton Terry, Wesley Counts and Thayne Kitchens from Craig. Not pictured, but winners of the ninth- through 12th-grade division were Team USA members Stephen Walsh, Connor Murphy and Brennan Jenson of Meeker.


It is a real challenge to race a horse around barrels when the horses have to turn sharply in mud that is several inches deep. Above, Meeker’s Lauren Urista takes the obstacles in stride in this ride as part of the barrel race held Sunday evening in the CPRA-sanctioned rodeo at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker as part of Range Call.

Shults repeats as state champ in 4-H livestock judging test

Madi Shults of Meeker pulled off a rare repeat as High Individual Overall at the 2016 Colorado 4-H Livestock Judging State Contest at Colorado State University in late June in Fort Collins. Shults placed in all six of her judging categories.

MEEKER I Recent Meeker High School graduate Madi Shults pulled off a rare repeat as High Individual Overall at the 2016 Colorado 4-H Livestock Judging State Contest, concluding her Colorado 4-H Livestock Judging career.

Meeker board OKs revisions to town code


MEEKER I The Town of Meeker board of trustees discussed several revisions to the proposed Meeker Municipal Code ordinance at its meeting July 5 and ended up approving all but one proposed change.

Letter to the Editor: Why were pine trees around courthouse removed?

Dear Editor: A number of Meeker residents have asked why five of the nine (more than 80-year-old) tall pine trees on the east side of the Rio Blanco County Courthouse have been cut down, leaving only four of the original remaining historic trees?

County commissioners table public hearing on new ERBM service plan

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RBC I A number of rumors, concerns and fears were put to rest Monday afternoon as the Rio Blanco County commissioners postponed a public hearing regarding a new service plan proposed for the Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation and Park District.

A good cause…

Ted Relihan, left, a Meeker artist at Mustang Studio, celebrated his 55th birthday by collaborating with Chipper’s Bar. For every drink bought on his birthday, Larin Crase and Danielle Feola (owners of Chippers) donated 55 cents toward the Meeker Animal Shelter. Meeker Animal Control Officer Laurel Haney, right, will use the money for food and spay and neutering of the animals in the shelter. The collaboration brought in $200 for the shelter. Left is a photo of Ted Relihan and Laurel Haney at Chippers exchanging the check.

House fire in Rangely…

A fire destroyed the Hennerman residence at 757 W. Main in Rangely on July 5, but no one was home at the time and no one was injured, according to the Rangely Police Department on Tuesday. The speculation was that the blaze was started by a snapped power line although that was not confirmed by the police department.