Youth celebrates birthday with animal shelter donations


Several Rangely youth donated approximately $250 in food, toys and other supplies to the Rangely Animal Shelter on Friday.

Obituary: Irene Lillian Vander Syde

Irene Lillian (Harpel) Vander Syde, 96, passed away Sept. 17, 2014. She was born March 2, 1918, in Sherburn, Minn., to the late Lawrence and Lillie Harpel.

Parkview visit to Eagle Crest…


Dana Forbes’ fourth grade class from Rangely’s Parkview Elementary School visited Eagle Crest Assisted Living Center Sept. 25.

MHS distance runners improve personal times

MEEKER I The Meeker High School Cowboy cross country team participated in Fruita’s Anna Banana Memorial Invitational this past Saturday. The Fruita event is another large meet with some big schools.

Not too early for flu shots

RBC I During the 2013-14 flu season, there were 1,759 hospitalizations in Colorado caused by the flu. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advises people to get a vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves from seasonal influenza. The vaccine now is available at most physician’s offices and pharmacies.

What’s Up With the County? Staffing examined; justice center work begins

RBC I As we roll into the final quarter of 2014, the Rio Blanco County commissioners are busy establishing the 2015 budget. One area of importance in the 2015 budget concerns the number of employees we have serving the public. The commissioners have asked all departments to analyze staffing levels.

Pennies for Puppies raises $1,000 for shelter

Deana Wood, left, and Katie Lockwood, right, presented a $1,000 check to the Meeker Animal Shelter’s spay and neuter fund.

Obituary: Helen Fern Church

Helen Church

Helen Fern Church, 88, of Lakeside, Ariz., passed away at Solterra Senior Living on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, with family by her side following a brief illness. Helen was born June 3, 1926, in Woodston, Rooks County, Kan., to the late Carl John and Esther Faye (Simons) Liberty. She had a younger brother, Everett (Bud) […]

Bear tranquilized in Meeker…


This bear sow had to be tranquilized the night of Sept. 3 when she was found in a tree in the 500 block of 12th Street in Meeker.

Historic school tour…


Participants of the Historic Schools Upper White River tour group take a break at Trappers Lake after visiting the original Buford School last week.

MACC picks auditorium

MEEKER I The Meeker Arts and Cultural Council will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Meeker United Methodist Church’s Elbert Hall.

Heritage and agri-tourism keys to Rio Blanco’s future

RBC I Have you noticed? One formerly viable and essential Meeker downtown business has failed and closed. Rumors of others struggling are rampant. Main Street is often sparsely populated with vehicles, and businesses are often nearly devoid of customers.